Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Idaho health advocates slam new Senate GOP health care bill

Idaho health advocates slam new Senate GOP health care bill

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced the delay on July 15, due to Senator John McCain needing surgery next week.

The american president Donald Trump has called on Friday its majority in the Senate to adopt the reform republican of the health system promised for so many years, as internal divisions threaten to fail. GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME opposed the bill already, and McCain's absence next week would likely have made it impossible to proceed.

Senate leadership previously scheduled the Senate healthcare bill - named the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) - for next week, although the leadership will not hold the vote until McCain recovers from surgery.

The further delay in the schedule is a problem for McConnell, as opponents of the legislation could use the extra time to pressure wavering GOP centrists to vote against it.

"Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery", McConnell said in a statement that referred to his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

He did not say when he would aim to return to the health care bill. McCain's absence meant it would become impossible for the majority leader to round up the votes needed this week to proceed on the bill.

That procedural vote could have come as early as Tuesday. The Democrats have unanimously rejected the same as the largest groups and insurers of the country.

The newest version attempts to attract conservative support by allowing insurers to offer skimpy coverage plans alongside more robust ones, but also reaches out to moderates by adding billions in help for the opioid crisis and to defray high costs for consumers.

His office released a statement saying McCain, 80, is resting at his home.

In Phoenix, Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well", a hospital statement said. Records of his medical examinations, issued in 2008, when he was a GOP presidential candidate, showed he had removed precancerous skin lesions and had an initial phase of squamous cell carcinoma.

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