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Politics McCain’s Surgery Will Delay Senate Votes on Health Care Bill

07:00  16 july  2017
07:00  16 july  2017 Source:   nytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — The Senate will delay votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, announced Saturday night.

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Mr. McConnell said the Senate would “defer consideration” of the bill, scheduled for this week, because Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, would be absent, recovering from surgery that he had on Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday that the Senate will delay consideration of the Republican health care bill while John McCain recovers.

Senate Republicans have delayed consideration of their proposed health care reform bill while Senator John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot. Without McConnell’s delay , the loss of McCain ’ s vote would almost certainly have spelled defeat for the repeal effort.

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Mr. McConnell had said that he wanted to begin debate on the bill and pass it this week, using special fast-track procedures. But without Mr. McCain, Senate Republicans would not have the votes they need to take up or pass their bill to repeal and replace major provisions of the health care act passed during the Obama administration.

With Mr. McCain missing, Senate Republicans would have only 49 potential votes to move ahead with the legislation because all Senate Democrats and the two independent senators oppose it.

Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have said they oppose the bill in its current form, for very different reasons, and will not vote even to begin debate.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate will delay votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, announced Saturday Mr. McConnell said the Senate would “defer consideration” of the bill , scheduled for this week, because Senator John McCain , Republican

WASHINGTON — The Senate will delay votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, announced Saturday Mr. McConnell said the Senate would “defer consideration” of the bill , scheduled for this week, because Senator John McCain , Republican

Mr. McCain, 80, announced Saturday night that he had the surgery at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. He is at home with his family and, “on the advice of his doctors,” will be recovering in Arizona this week, a spokeswoman said.

Any delay in the Senate will give critics more time to mobilize opposition to the bill. The opponents include consumer groups, patient advocates and organizations representing doctors, hospitals, drug abuse treatment centers, insurance companies and religious leaders.

Mr. McCain has been decidedly noncommittal in his comments on the bill. Its passage is a top priority for President Trump and Republicans in Congress.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Arizona have gained coverage through the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and Mr. McCain was planning to propose amendments to the bill to protect his constituents.

Asked last month about the chances for a quick agreement among Republican senators on a bill, Mr. McCain said that “pigs could fly.”

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WASHINGTON — Republicans’ push to pass a sweeping new health - care law experienced another setback, as Senate leaders announced they would delay a long-promised vote after Sen. John McCain underwent an unexpected surgery Friday.

John McCain recovers from surgery . Without McCain , Republicans would not have had the 50 votes necessary to advance the bill . McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative items and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering.

A number of other Republicans have expressed serious reservations about the bill in its current form. They include Senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio.

The House passed a repeal bill, broadly similar to the Senate measure, by a vote of 217 to 213 in early May. Mr. McConnell was forced to put off a vote when it became evident he did not have the votes he needed in the Senate.

Governors of both parties have sharply criticized the Senate bill, drafted mainly by Mr. McConnell. Trump administration officials are frantically trying to win over state officials gathered in Providence, R.I., this weekend for a meeting of the National Governors Association.

The administration is trying to discredit estimates by the Congressional Budget Office that more than 20 million people would lose insurance coverage by 2026 as a result of the Senate and House bills.

If John McCain were uninsured, his surgery could have cost $76,000 .
That’s more than the average annual American household income. The fate of the GOP’s health reform plan right now hinges on Sen. John McCain’s recovery from a blood clot surgery. It’s also the perfect reminder of just how critical insurance can be — and how much protection from health emergencies Americans stand to lose with the Better Care Act, the Senate Republicans’ plan to dismantle Obamacare.

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