Republican health care reform up in air as McCain recovers

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Flake was an outspoken Republican critic of Trump in last year's presidential contest. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has also announced that a vote on the bill will be delayed due to the absence of Sen. He is expected to be out for the week, recovering in Arizona. But amid growing public unease over the bill, some Republicans suggested the delay will make McConnell's task of winning enough support even harder. Because Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) also said he would vote no and the 48 members of the Democratic caucus are prepared to oppose McConnell's bill as well, only one more Republican vote will be needed to continue our nation's painfully slow but necessary march toward guaranteeing every American health insurance.

Two neurosurgeons TIME spoke with say that the senator's prognosis-and how quickly he can get back to the Senate voting chamber-will likely depend on the clot's underlying cause. However, a number of moderate Republican senators like West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Maine's Susan Collins are troubled with its impact on Medicaid funding.

Last week, Senate Republicans released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"I think the longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal, and the more that everybody is going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare", Paul said. He is at home with his family and, "on the advice of his doctors", will be recovering in Arizona this week, a spokeswoman said.

McCain, a former Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and spent 5½ years as a prisoner of war, was the GOP's presidential nominee in 2008. They can still attempt to win over senators opposing the plan with changes to the bill, though it is unclear what tweaks will appease both moderate and conservative senators.

Cruz would change basic requirements that Obama's law imposed on individual plans, including standard benefits such as pregnancy, maternity and newborn care; wellness visits and mental health treatment.

However, McConnell announced late on July 15 that vote has now been "deferred" indefinitely due to McCain's absence - because without McCain, as it currently stands, the bill can not pass.

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The Senate unveils its revised healthcare bill. In private meetings, Pence and Verma tried to convince governors that the GOP's health care bill would give them greater flexibility to design Medicaid programs that were better tailored to their needs.

But now we've seen Mitch McConnell's latest version of health "reform", and "beautiful" is hardly the word for it. But low-income people may not be able to afford coverage, along with older and sicker adults.

"What we're doing over at Health and Human Services is going through all the rules and regulations that were promulgated pursuant to the Affordable Care Act", the secretary said.

The Senate bill, like legislation the House passed earlier, repeals mandates requiring individuals to carry insurance and businesses to offer it, and unravels an expansion of the Medicaid program enacted under President Barack Obama's law.

While Biden acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act "isn't ideal", he maintained that the Obama administration designed their health care bill "to provide the best possible care to the most people". Ted Cruz of Texas allowing insurers to sell skimpy plans alongside more robust ones, and by adding billions to treat opioid addiction and to defray consumer costs.

After a routine annual physical, McCain underwent a procedure Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, his office said in a news release. Tissue pathology reports would be available within the next several days.

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