Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US Health Care Overhaul Remains in Doubt, with Key Vote Delayed

US Health Care Overhaul Remains in Doubt, with Key Vote Delayed

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) say they'll vote against the plan.

Last Thursday, GOP Senate leadership released the latest version of their health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, to repeal and replace the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act.

With 52 Republicans sitting in the house, McConnell can't afford to lose more than two GOP votes in order for the bill to pass.

Surgeons in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above Mr McCain's left eye on on Friday.

"On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week", according to a statement from his office, which said he's at his home.

Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan was to quickly vote on the legislation this week, McCain's surgery left Republicans scrambling as what already promised to be a tight vote would prove to be impossible without the senator from Arizona.

With McConnell's health care legislation already hanging by a thread in the Senate, McCain's absence meant it would become impossible for the majority leader to round up votes needed to move the bill forward next week as planned.

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

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake released a statement on McCain.

"I don't think right now he does", he said. His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went "very well" and he is in good spirits.

It's unclear how long McCain might be sidelined and the vote delayed. With the health care vote on hold, McConnell plans to carry on with other business and nominations while McCain recuperates.

Two of the country's largest insurance providers called an amendment from Sen.

Back in Washington with an extra week to look at the legislation, Republican senators are expected to continue deliberating with their governors and state Medicaid offices about how the GOP's health care bill will affect their states. "So with all due respect to Senator Paul, we've better come up with a plan that saves the private sector [option]", Graham told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures".

The Senate's latest health care bill is once again in limbo, this time due to a medical emergency.

Insurers have blasted a new provision in the Senate health care plan as "unworkable", saying it would send premiums skyrocketing for those with pre-existing conditions and leave millions more people uninsured.

Moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is also withholding her support because it would slow the rate of growth in spending on Medicaid. The first attempt failed in June, as Republicans lacked the votes to pass their bill.

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