Pressure Up On Arizona Senators As New Health Bill Unveiled

17 July, 2017, 18:49 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Pressure Up On Arizona Senators As New Health Bill Unveiled

McCain has said numerous priorities outlined by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have not been included in the bill yet, but he would continue advocating for them.

The loss of McCain has cast the success of the Senate's health care bill in question since McConnell needs 50 votes to advance the bill. McCain is taking time to recover based on the advice of his doctors, the statement said.

The rare joint letter from the two major insurer groups is also a departure from insurers' general stance throughout the ObamaCare repeal debate, where they have usually declined to take a firm position either in favor or against the GOP bills.

Surgeons removed the blood clot during a "minimally invasive" procedure, the statement said.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, was resting comfortably at home in good condition after the Friday operation, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. plans to rolls out the GOP's revised health care bill, pushing toward a showdown vote next week with opposition within the Republican ranks. "The problem is the substance", the NY senator told reporters.


Senate Majority Leader Sen. Already, two GOP senators-Susan Collins from ME and Rand Paul from Kentucky-have pledged not to vote for the new bill, and McConnell can't afford to lose any more senators, including McCain, to pass the bill.

A close vote had already been predicted for the Republican healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. "That's why if the Senate takes up this legislation, I intend to file amendments that would address the concerns raised by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill's impact on Arizona's Medicaid system".

It's unclear how long McCain might be sidelined and the vote delayed.

Johnson has criticized McConnell for weeks, but McConnell can not afford to lose Johnson's vote. Our current Senate seems caught up in very old battles that aren't helping to solve complicated problems for their constituents.

Moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is also withholding her support because it would slow the rate of growth in spending on Medicaid. But there's no guarantee the extra time will accomplish anything except giving senators more heartburn. "This legislation should reward states like Arizona that are responsibly managing their health-care services and controlling costs - not penalize them".

The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out. Just last month, a vote on an earlier version of the bill had to be cancelled in the face of possible defeat.

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