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Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Schumer: McCain's return won't save health care bill

Schumer: McCain's return won't save health care bill

A close vote had already been predicted for the Republican healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. John McCain, R-Ariz., recovers from eye surgery to remove a blood clot, the agency will take more time to review the legislation.

Collins said it would be a mistake to pass the Senate health care bill "without a single Democratic vote". Susan Collins of Maine.

Here's what McCain's absence does to McConnell's whip count: There were already two Senate Republicans who have said they would vote "no" on motion to proceed on this bill - Sens.

"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".

"The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal", Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation". There are many of us who have concerns about the bill, particularly the cuts to the Medicaid program, but there are other problems with the bill as well.

The Republicans will need McCain back in the Senate next week if they hope to put their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare to a vote.

"Its cuts to Medicaid are too deep and at the same time it fails to give states the ability to innovate in order to cope with those reductions", Kasich said in a statement. Compared to the original version, the new measure includes several tax increases from Obamacare that were eliminated in the original bill: a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income, a 0.9 percent Medicare tax and a remuneration tax.

He knew McCain was not solidly behind the bill. Well, we'll just have to wait until Johnny is fully recovered to hear the final verdict on the fate of Obamacare - and whether we'll be able to get, or even afford, health insurance at all - as the Senate has opted to wait until McCain returns to vote on the matter.

It was the second time that McConnell was forced to call off a planned vote, even with heavy lobbying by Trump administration officials.

"The current system is bad", Paul said on Fox News Sunday. A previous assessment said 22 million people would lose their insurance by 2026, and a new score is expected on Tuesday or later this week.

In Phoenix, Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch clot and that the surgery went "very well", a hospital statement said. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona. "You try to remove this early and aggressively", Gupta said.

A craniotomy is an opening of the skull, and an eyebrow incision would be used to reach a clot in or near the left frontal lobes of the brain, neurosurgeons who were not involved in Mr. McCain's care said. They've stalled all judicial nominations, including non-controversial ones, slowing the process to a crawl until Republicans hold health care hearings.

Lab results are pending on the tissue around the clot. At a meeting Saturday morning with governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, worked to undermine that report and a forthcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office showing the legislation's cost and insurance impact.

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