McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery

"The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona", he said in a statement Thursday. But there's no guarantee the extra time will accomplish anything except giving senators more heartburn.

Paul does not believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has the votes to pass the legislation, he told Fox.

Eight to 10 Republican U.S. senators have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to roll back Obamacare, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, who opposes the bill, said on Sunday.

For his part, the president seems to be treating McCain's recovery like an extended snow day. Under the "budget reconciliation" rules Senate Republicans are employing to advance the bill with just 50 votes, they will start on the House bill before eventually swapping it out for the Senate bill they have been working on for the past two months.

Meanwhile, two of the country's largest insurance providers directly called into question Senator Ted Cruz's, R-Texas, amendment to the bill, saying it was "simply unworkable". Susan Collins of ME, have already come out against the bill.

After promising for years to repeal Obamacare, Senate Republicans can't even agree to debate the bill.

The other Republican senator from Arizona praised McCain.

"The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal", Paul, who has argued the plan does not go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, told CBS News.

America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's top lobbying group, also took issue with an amendment championed by Sen.

At the end of the interview, Cornyn claimed Republicans are "willing to do what we can to shore up the system now, to stabilize it to make health care available to people now" and asserted that Democrats don't want to make any changes.

The insurers' statement follows opposition to the Republican legislation from practically every major stakeholder in the health care industry, including organizations representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, patients, and seniors. "This legislation should reward states like Arizona that are responsibly managing their health-care services and controlling costs - not penalize them".

"It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market", the CEOs wrote in a letter to McConnell.

A chorus of senators weighed in on McCain's recovery via Twitter, including the Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

This is the second time consideration of the bill had to be delayed, McConnell had to kick the can down the road before the 4th of July recess because of lack of support.

Negotiations aren't over - especially now that leadership has additional time to try and convince individual senators to back the bill. Leaders are gauging support on whether they can get all of their members on the same page - something that has proved hard in recent months.

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