John McCain's return to decide the fate of Senate Healthcare Bill


Members of Senate will reportedly delay a vote on the Republican health-care bill that was set for this coming week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday. Rand Paul, predicted the delay would strengthen critics' position by giving them more time to mobilize against the bill.

Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME already announced that they would not support the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave only 22 million Americans without health care, as compared to the 23 million who would lose their benefits under the version passed by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cruz's additions to the bill has garnered widespread conservative support in the Senate, but has left many moderates cold.

Collins is one of two Republican senators who have already said that they would not even vote to open debate on the latest version of the bill released on Thursday, meaning one more defection from the Republican ranks could kill it.

The Republicans have a 52-48 margin control in the Senate and require a minimum of 50 yes votes to proceed with legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, making Senator John McCain's vote critical to the survival of the legislation. Paul, much more conservative, said that he wanted the bill to go much further in dismantling the ACA, also commonly referred to as Obamacare.

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The Kentucky Republican's new legislation changes how much money states that expanded their Medicaid programs for the poor past year would get.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters Sunday there is no saving the Republicans' health care bill despite the extra time they have in wake of Sen.

"(Sen. McCain) appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff", McCain's office said in a statement released July 15.

Several others in the party have expressed reservations about the legislation, leaving it hanging by a thread just weeks before the Senate decamps for its summer recess - a break already delayed in a bid to wrangle support for the controversial plan.

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"I don't think right now he does", he said in an interview with Fox News.

Democrats said the changes seemed aimed at helping Louisiana. John McCain, R-Ariz., underwent surgery for the removal of a blot clot near his brain over the weekend. He says that this bill puts Medicaid on a more sustainable path. 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.

Whether or not the health care plan will pass even with McCain's vote, however, still remains to be seen. "The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition. You try to remove this early and aggressively", Gupta said.

But many questions have been left unanswered, including whether Mr. McCain had symptoms that prompted doctors to look for 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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