Senate Will 'Defer' Vote On Republican Health Care Bill — McConnell

18 Juillet, 2017, 00:28 | Auteur: Edgar Lajoie
  • Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

Senate Republicans are struggling to make good on a nearly decade-long promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, and polls show their legislation is unpopular with voters. Mitch McConnell had hoped to have the legislation voted on this week.

"The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition", according to his doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, relayed in a statement from McCain's office.

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".

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act", McConnell said in a statement.

"This bill should be scrapped because it hurts middle class Americans too much at the same time that it gives tax breaks to the wealthy", he said. If the evaluation reveals more bad numbers for the proposal, as it did for both versions of the replacement bill the House passed in May and the first version of the Senate bill, that could pose problems for Senators such as Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, and, most importantly, Nevada's Dean Heller, who opposed the Senate bill in its original form and is widely seen as the most vulnerable of all the Republican Senators up for re-election in 2018. The bill - the majority of which was written behind closed doors - has already been delayed once due to a lack of votes to bring it to the floor.

The new Bill would add US$70 billion (S$96 billion) to state stability and innovation funds, leave intact Obamacare tax increases on the wealthy, and put US$45 billion towards addressing the opioid epidemic.

US?President Donald Trump, McConnell and other fellow Republicans have made repealing the so-called Obamacare health care reforms, enacted under former president Barack Obama, a top priority. While Republicans held hearings on alternatives to Obamacare in the past, the Senate Republicans have not held a single hearing on their legislation this session. John McCain, Arizona Republican, recovers from surgery.

"Thanks to @MayoClinic for its excellent care - I appreciate your support & look forward to getting back to work!" "Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days", McCain's office said in a press release. "Unfortunately, the Senate healthcare bill combines the worst of those two this time, we're bailing out the big insurance companies". Personally, I have trouble believing John McCain somehow suddenly scheduled a procedure - where someone is drilling into his skull - just to play games with a healthcare vote.