Republicans delay health care action as Sen. McCain recovers from surgery

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that he was deferring action on the measure as McCain recovers at his home in Arizona.

"Senator Flake's decision will be based on how the bill balances two principles", the statement said.

Surgeons removed the clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy through an incision in the 80-year-old lawmaker's eyebrow.

"The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition", according to his doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, relayed in a statement from McCain's office. "The problem is the substance", the NY senator told reporters. McConnell announced the Senate would delay August recess until the third week of the month to finish health care, then tackle backed-up nominations, the reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration, and the annual defense policy bill.

Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME, have already said they'll vote against the measure.

A close vote had already been predicted for the healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided.

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President Donald Trump has insisted McConnell has got to "pull it off" and get the votes necessary for passage. "But I think - I think I fear that it's going to fail", McCain said. "Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went "very well" and he is in good spirits". "As soon as we have a full contingent of senators we will have that vote", Mr Cornyn, of Texas, told NBC's Meet the Press. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price countered, "I've never underestimated Senator McConnell's expertise in getting the votes".

I understand the temptation to blame "Republicans" in the abstract for failing to come through on this, at least so far, but the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of the Republican caucus in the Senate is on board with repeal and replace.

Collins, meanwhile, offered CNN a damning appraisal of the Senate bill and its projected impact on Medicaid - despite Vice President Mike Pence having claimed two days earlier the plan "strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society".

This reduction in spending that is favored by conservatives like Johnson but worries moderates in states with large Medicaid populations like Capito, who represents West Virginia.

During an appearance on ABC's "This Week", Price was asked to respond to a blistering criticism of the Senate Republicans' health care proposal by two major groups representing the US health insurance industry. Ted Cruz to the latest Republican health care bill "simply unworkable", as Republicans struggle to capture enough votes to pass the legislation. Additionally, insurers have largely panned the GOP health care proposal, especially for a Sen.

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