John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote
- Author: Adam Floyd Jul 17, 2017,
Jul 17, 2017, 18:53
Prior to Obamacare, 79 million - more than one in four Americans - either lacked health insurance or were underinsured. McCain has not revealed how he plans to vote on the bill but has expressed concerns about it in its current form, particularly in regard to how it was written: by McConnell, behind closed doors.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release an updated score of the legislation Monday. The bill cuts taxes, restrains spending, and - courtesy of the tireless efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee - modestly deregulates.
John Kennedy said the "unfair treatment" under McConnell's original bill would have cost the state $2 billion.
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. "It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes".
Paul continued to attack the bill as well.More news: Knicks sign free-agent guard Tim Hardaway Jr
"The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona", he said in a statement Thursday. "But the problem is it's being done in the context of keeping all of the overall regulatory scheme of Obamacare". But that scenario, critics and the insurance groups argue, leaves sick people in sicker, costlier risk pools, meaning higher premiums. After a speech in which Pence claimed 60,000 disabled Ohioans were waiting to get care, a spokesman for Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich dismissed the claim as false on Twitter.
A week ago, McConnell chose to cancel the first two weeks of the Senate's traditional August recess to allow more time for deliberations on the health bill and other issues. A key Senate vote - Nevada's Dean Heller - has tied his support to Sandoval's.
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McCain's absence would have left Republicans short of enough votes to advance the debate, even without other Republicans withholding their support. "But at some point, if Democrats won't participate in the process, then we're going to have to come up with a different plan".
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The Senate parliamentarian is also expected to decide next week whether the Cruz amendment adheres to the chamber's rules on reconciliation, which would requires only a simple majority for passage. The first is whether the bill, disappointing as it is, represents a substantial improvement over the status quo.