McCain recovering after surgery; Senate health care vote may be delayed

McConnell gives up on repeal and replace for GOP health care bill

McCain recovering after surgery; Senate health care vote may be delayed

Moran said his ultimate goal is to repeal and replace Obamacare, but he dinged the closed-door process that produced the Senate bill. "There are people out there in nursing homes, there are children who can't take care of themselves, there are people who depend on it", Kenney said.

"This bill would impose fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program", Collins said.

The Republican senator from Arizona is recovering from brain surgery performed Friday to remove a almost 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye.

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. I think it would be extremely close. Paul, who has criticized the bill for not being conservative enough, has also said he will vote against the bill.

America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned that the provision from Sen. "It's not going to be a big victory, where they get anything more than Republicans", Karpowitz said.

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Leadership could only lose two Republican votes to pass the measure, despite only needing a simple majority under the rules of reconciliation. The Better Care Act would allow health insurers to once again sell skimpier insurance that might not have such comprehensive benefits. ABC's Jonathan Karl asked. "I believe there's a good model in IN, which applied a managed care approach to the expansion of Medicaid that was done in that state under the Affordable Care Act", Collins said. "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.

"Should we proceed, have careful hearings and look at what we can do to make sure that the Medicaid program can continue to be there for future generations without bankrupting the federal budget?"

It appeared as if the senators who would oppose the bill were waiting for another senator to cast the third and final vote that kills the bill. "It would cause premiums to increase for some very vulnerable individuals, including those with pre-existing conditions, depending on what states decide to do", she added.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", the Republican Senator from ME, who has said she won't vote for the GOP bill, said there are eight to 10 Republican senators who have "serious" concerns.

As for efforts to gain her support for the bill, Collins said that while President Donald Trump had not personally lobbied her yet, members of the administration have, including White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

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