Insurers: Senate Health Care Provision 'Unworkable'

Michele Moreno
July 17, 2017

McCain has expressed concern about the health care bill but has not said how he would vote.

In a statement on McCain, McConnell said he and his wife, Elaine Chao, the country's transportation secretary, and the Senate "wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery".

McCain's absence would have imperiled the bill, which needs the support of 50 of 52 Republican senators to advance.

McCain is in Arizona after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye.

McConnell's announcement came shortly after McCain's office issued a statement disclosing the surgery and noting that doctors had advised the senator to stay in Arizona next week to recover.

Nearly a month ago, I suggested that one of my two favorite Republican Arizona senators, John McCain, should do whatever it takes to delay a vote on this train wreck of a health care bill. "The problem is the substance", the NY senator told reporters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to his office from the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2017. A revised version of the bill he released earlier this week quickly drew two firm no votes - Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME - leaving the Kentucky Republican with no margin of error.

The other Republican senator from Arizona praised McCain.

Medicaid affects millions of Americans, young and old

McConnell over the weekend announced that any vote on a health care replacement would be postponed until Sen.

"I don't think right now he does", Paul said, according to The Hill.

Mr McCain is a three-time survivor of melanoma. With the Democrats solidly opposed to the legislation, the Republicans can only pass the bill if all their other members back it and if Republican Vice President casts his tie-breaking vote in favour.

Malloy described Pence's private meeting with the governors Saturday as "pretty atrocious" as Pence encouraged governors to dismiss an unfavorable score from the Congressional Budget Office that showed 15 million Americans would lose Medicaid coverage over the next decade.

The Republican proposal received more tough news this weekend with a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that found more people prefer to keep the Affordable Care Act to the proposed Republican health care bill by a two-to-one margin.

The question now is whether the Cruz amendment will now be scored by the CBO, given that a vote on the bill has been delayed. These plans would likely have cheaper premiums, but higher out-of-pocket charges for those who need health care services.

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 USA health insurance industry.

However, on Friday night, the CEO's of America's Health Insurance Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association called the plan "unworkable", and the conservative plan isn't going to easily get moderates on board.

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