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McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery

McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery

New polls show a lack of popular support for the Senate Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare, as the vote on it was postponed due to a GOP senator having surgery and a delayed budget analysis.

McCain's absence would have imperiled the bill, which needs the support of 50 of 52 Republican senators to advance.

Other senators said they spoke to McCain, and President Donald Trump wished him a speedy recovery.

In an effort to get a successful vote on healthcare in the coming weeks, President Trump has invited a number of Republican Senators to the White House for a meeting Monday evening.

"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.

The future of the Republican effort to squash Obamacare hung in the balance Monday with Senator John McCain, whose vote is needed to pass the legislation, recovering from surgery away from Washington.

McCain had a two-inch blood clot removed from above his left eye by surgeons in Phoenix Friday. "It has produced premium increases that are very troubling and hard for people to afford, particularly those who don't get the subsidies under the current law", she said.

The bill now in play in the Senate is a second attempt to deliver on the party's promise to repeal Barack Obama's healthcare law, which they have been pledging to do since its 2010 enactment.

McCain has expressed reservations about the bill. Doctors said the senator had a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well".

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McCain's office on Saturday said the longtime Arizona senator would be recovering in his home state for the following week. She added, "There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill".

Sen. Pat Toomey, who worked on the first version of the bill, says he's disappointed the new bill eliminates some of the tax cuts.

"This second failure of Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. With Collins and Paul promising to vote no, any one Republican could insist on a hearing for the bill.

"They want to drag us back to a time - not all that long ago - when Americans could be denied basic health care because they were unable to afford it". Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days.

The other Republican senator from Arizona praised McCain.

"I've been involved with health care for 20 years as a physician", he said "It was in awful shape before Obamacare, got worse under Obamacare, and I predict that the fundamental flaw of Obamacare will remain with the Republican plan, and this is a big reason why I can't support it".

Sandoval told The Associated Press that McConnell's latest measure has Medicaid cuts that remained "a big concern for me". But moderates have anxious it will cause people with serious illnesses to lose coverage, and some conservatives say it doesn't go far enough. John McCain, who underwent surgery on Saturday, had not said how he meant to vote.

Eight to 10 Republican U.S. senators have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to roll back Obamacare, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, who opposes the bill, said on Sunday.

Still, he said the plan would fill the "vast majority" of Republican promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.


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