CBO will not release GOP healthcare bill analysis on Monday

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

John McCain of Arizona underwent a "craniotomy" to remove a five-centimeter blood clot above his left eye and would be out for some time. 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. They already have their hands full with Republican senators who are still waffling on the bill - for very different reasons. Sen.

Several Republicans in the party's conservative and moderate wings have expressed deep concerns over the latest draft unveiled Thursday.

After promising for years to repeal Obamacare, Senate Republicans can't even agree to debate the bill. I thought I'd be president of the United States. "It's not at all consistent with Republican principles". Along with all 48 senators in the Democratic Caucus - and without McCain - their opposition would be enough to block the bill from advancing.

The latest twist in the poorly scripted movie that is the current US political system: The future of a bill that could take health insurance from millions of Americans may be decided by how quickly one senator recovers from an unexpected health problem.

The delay keeps Washington at a standstill, as health care is the only pillar of President Donald Trump's agenda that has had any real momentum in Congress, having passed the House in May. John McCain, Arizona Republican, recovers from surgery.

"So it kind of annoys me that Republicans are going back on their word to repeal Obamacare", he said. "I believe there's a good model in IN, which applied a managed care approach to the expansion of Medicaid that was done in that state under the Affordable Care Act", Collins said. "They don't fix it - they just subsidize it with taxpayer moneys". "The longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal", the Kentucky senator said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation.

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The question now is whether the Cruz amendment will now be scored by the CBO, given that a vote on the bill has been delayed.

Asked if McConnell has the votes for passage, Paul was blunt.

"I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain", Sen.

Back in Washington with an extra week to look at the legislation, Republican senators are expected to continue deliberating with their governors and state Medicaid offices about how the GOP's health care bill will affect their states. A vote was postponed last month, also due to limited support.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed the move on Saturday night, reports CNN. He has already said the Senate will work through the first two weeks of the August recess, citing a need to finish a slate of unfinished business. Nonetheless, this is an indication of just how narrow the margin of victory is for McConnell. With two Republican senators - Susan Collins and Rand Paul - standing firm that they will vote no, a "yes" from McCain is the one shot they've got at moving the bill forward. GOP leaders are working with the Trump administration to pressure their members of the House Freedom Caucus to get on board so they can get it through and send it to the Senate. "A willing customer should be able to connect with a willing an insurance company on a policy that makes sense to both, and the law ought not to stand in the way of that", he said. "He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family".

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