Mitch McConnell delays health care vote as John McCain recovers from surgery


The Senate has struggled to pass a health care bill, delaying a vote on a previous version of the legislation in June.

"For most patients, the time to recover from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks", said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Sen. A vote on the bill has been delayed on account of Sen.

The delay will give the CBO more time to score McConnell's latest bill, although it's not clear it will be enough to allow them to fully examine a new amendment from Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that would allow insurers to offer stripped-down plans that exclude people with pre-existing conditions, charge women more, and offer far skimpier benefits.

McConnell said the Senate would continue legislative work while McCain was away.

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Mr. McCain has been decidedly noncommittal in his comments on the bill.

But congressional aides, lobbyists and state officials said Saturday night that Senate leaders should rethink their strategy after being forced to postpone consideration of the repeal bill, which opinion polls show to be highly unpopular.

McConnell on July 13 revised a proposal that would replace Obamacare with an alternative that includes deep cuts to Medicaid, shores up the individual insurance market and repeals the Affordable Care Act's mandates that individuals have health coverage and that most employers provide it. Asked what would happen if the bill did not pass, he said: "I assume we'll keep trying".

With control of the White House and both houses of Congress, Republican leaders foresaw a quick strike coming as soon as January or February.

It is assumed by all that Senate President and Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking 51st vote to advance the bill. "That's why if the Senate takes up this legislation, I intend to file amendments that would address the concerns raised by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill's impact on Arizona's Medicaid system".

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The Senate lacked the will to debate the House-passed bill to replace Obamacare. Mr. McConnell has had a more hard time rounding up support in the Senate.

She said Trump had "been monitoring what's going on with health care", but could not "speak to any private conversions" Trump "may or may not have had".

The statement read that McCain is "resting comfortably at home and is in good condition". A release from Arkansas Community Organizations said another dozen from several groups will leave for Washington Monday to "stand up for children, seniors, disabled people and low-income workers who receive health coverage through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act". Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, said Thursday in a statement. Sen.

"Sen. McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff", McCain's office said in a statement.

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