Senate Dems Welcome Repeal Delay: Now You Can Have Hearings, Mitch!
Jul 18 2017
The fate of the long-sought Republican Obamacare repeal and replacement bill is on hold now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed votes until Republican Sen. Some Republican senators had been awaiting the CBO score before deciding on whether they'd support the bill. John McCainsaid he would be at home in Arizona recovering from a surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.
Meanwhile, two Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky - have already said they will not support a motion to proceed to floor debate on the legislation.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the bill's strongest opponent from the party's conservative wing, contended Sunday that the pause could further hurt the bill. Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) say they'll vote against the plan.
John McCain's blood clot surgery, already having political implications with the Senate health care vote, may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, according to The New York Times. There are many of us who have concerns about the bill, particularly the cuts to the Medicaid program, but there are other problems with the bill as well.
"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?"
"(Sen. McCain) appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff", McCain's office said in a statement released July 15. I think it would be extremely close. He said if money is reduced, governors will be left to decide among unpopular choices: "Raise a tax or limit coverage or change eligibility requirements" for coverage. "We wish Sen. McCain a speedy recovery", said Helen Aguirre Ferre, director of media affairs.
The unexpected delay adds more uncertainty to Trumpcare's prospects.
He knew McCain was not solidly behind the bill.
McConnell's initial challenge is to get all the remaining holdouts to agree not to vote with Democrats to block the measure from even reaching the floor for debate.
McCain's absence casts doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as Obamacare. Analyses of the earlier version of the Senate bill found it would result in more than 20 million additional uninsured Americans over a decade compared to current law.
This weekend, a statement released by McCain's office explained that the Arizona Senator had to undergo a procedure to remove a blood clot from his head.
Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.
The statementread that McCain is "resting comfortably at home and is in good condition".
President Trump, for his part, even admitted last week that striking an agreement on health care reform an nearly impossible challenge to overcome.
With death comes rebirth, so we could begin to think again about universal health care coverage for Americans, which both parties advocate, at least rhetorically (Republicans, access; Democrats, actual care).