Opponents of GOP Health Care Bill Use Delay to Increase Their Efforts

Tuesday, 18 Jul, 2017

With two Republican senators declaring their intention to oppose the revised Senate Health Care bill, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has been forced to delay the bill again. Polling suggests that the Republicans' framing of the health-care bill as the only alternative to Obamacare is about the only way to make it tenable to their base.

McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations next week and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering.

With 52 Republicans sitting in the house, McConnell can't afford to lose more than two GOP votes in order for the bill to pass. Collins, a more moderate Republican said that she felt the Medicaid cuts were too deep. After the revamped measure was released Thursday, a number of senators said they were undecided on how they'd vote. "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.

The GOP has also been criticized for working on their health care bill behind closed doors.

In a letter sent Friday night to the Senate Republican and Democratic leadership, the two major associations representing health insurers, which don't typically send such missives jointly, said the amendment "is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market".

While original estimates and a statement from McCain's own office put his recovery time at one week, The New York Times spoke with a handful of neurosurgeons who said that McCain could be on the mend for at least twice as long as that. But the ability to regularly see a doctor, and the assurance that some preventative health care screenings will be covered at no additional cost, greatly increases the likelihood of catching the kind of warning sign that could be life-saving - as it may have been for McCain.

"There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he'll be back with us soon", Mr. McConnell said in a statement Saturday.

Paul said the delay would make it more hard for leadership. A report on the previous version of the bill estimated it would lead to 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 - more than enough to make several senators hesitant to support the plan. Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said Saturday, July 15 that McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot, and that the surgery went "very well". McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.

Without McCain, the current version of Trumpcare - officially titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act - can not pass the Senate.

In 2000, McCain was diagnosed with melanoma.

Achieving Trump's goal of ditching large parts of Obama's sweeping health care reforms has been elusive as his administration nears the six-month mark later this week. "Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family".