Revised Senate bill fails to address core AMA concerns

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) now oppose the BCRA; the bill would likely fail in Sen.

The White House said Sunday that Trump was "monitoring what's going on with health care" but did not otherwise weigh in on the growing uncertainty.

Unless at least one of two Republican senators dropped their opposition to moving ahead on the bill, or a vote was postponed until McCain returned, the bill would not have had the support to proceed.

"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, R-Ky., said on Saturday.

Sen. Jeff Flake, also from Arizona, put out a statement, saying he and his wife were praying for a speedy recovery.

The No. 2 Republican in the Senate says he fully expects a vote on the GOP health bill once Sen.

McCain revealed on Saturday that he had a blood clot removed on Friday at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

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The healthcare bill was already on rocky ground even with McCain, as many speculated whether McConnell could pull together 50 votes.

"After all these years of suffering under Obamacare, the republican senators must keep their promise!" wrote Donald Trump in a series of four tweets from Paris, where he attended the parade of the 14 July at the invitation of the French president Emmanuel Macron.

Brian Whitlock, president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association, said, "Like so many others, we view this legislation through a very simple lens: Does is make health care more accessible and affordable?"

"I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators, that we'll have that vote", he said. Pathology reports are expected in the next several days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying, for the third time, to get his colleagues to take up health care reform.

Cornyn appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press", Collins was on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", and Paul was on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

Mr McCain's office said the lawmaker, "in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family", would recover in Arizona through next week.

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