Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill


Two major USA health insurance groups on Friday called on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to drop from a healthcare bill a provision proposed by Senator Ted Cruz that allows insurers to offer stripped-down, low-priced healthcare plans. "The longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal", the Kentucky senator said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation.

Doctors ordered a week of rest, the statement from McCain's office said.

Today, as senators were returning to Washington after the July Fourth recess, the president tweeted, "I can not imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a lovely new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!"

The latest version of the Obamacare repeal and replace bill officially flatlined this evening as the third and fourth GOP senators to oppose the legislation declared their non-support.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act", McConnell said in a statement on Saturday. John McCain, who had surgery for a blood clot Friday, returns to work sometime after this week.

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He said that a healthcare system should not be built around emergency room visits because "that's not a sustainable model, and we're better than that".

There are no votes to spare in the contentious effort to pass a new health care reform bill through Congress, where Republican leaders are desperate to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to dismantle the 2010 reforms of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Mr. McCain's health may not be the only issue holding up the bill.

Trump used Twitter in the afternoon to urge Republicans to follow through on their pledge to get rid of the health care law pushed by his predecessor.

CNN: Health Care: Will Moderate Republicans Sink The Bill? Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME opposed the bill already, and McCain's absence next week would likely have made it impossible to proceed. "We are deeply concerned that this shortsighted bill will compel states to prioritize annual budget pressures over patients, limiting long-term care options for seniors and individuals with disabilities".

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Ms. Collins said the vote would be "extremely close" even with Mr. McCain present. Tissue pathology reports would be available within the next several days. "In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations".

As it stands, there are at least two Senators on record as opposed to the revised Senate plan, with up to ten other Republicans still reportedly on the fence who haven't announced whether they support the bill or not. Ted Cruz to the latest Republican health care bill "simply unworkable", as Republicans struggle to capture enough votes to pass the legislation.

Republican Senator Rand Paul also reiterated his opposition to the bill, which he described as "terrible" because it retained numerous Obamacare taxes and subsidies.

Earlier in the day, the White House had expressed optimism about the health care vote count, even though the GOP was still short of a majority of votes.

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