Paul doesn't think McConnell has the votes to pass health care bill

Violet Powell
July 17, 2017

McCain was a solid "yes" on the motion to proceed, and his sudden absence means that *even if* every other GOP senator got behind the legislation, McConnell would only have 49 "yes" votes.

In a statement on McCain, McConnell said he and his wife, Elaine Chao, the country's transportation secretary, and the Senate "wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery".

The announcement came after McCain's office said he would remain in Arizona next week following a procedure to remove a 2-inch (5-cm) blood clot from above his left eye.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday said he is postponing consideration of the GOP health care bill while Republican Sen. A day before his surgery, he released a statement saying: "If we are not able to reach a consensus, the Senate should return to regular order, hold hearings and receive input from senators of both parties" to produce a new bill. "The leader has not announced a date" for the Senate to take up the legislation, said an aide to Mr. McConnell.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn't believe the Senate will repeal Obamacare and pass a health care replacement bill anytime soon.

A close vote had already been predicted for the healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. "That's why if the Senate takes up this legislation, I intend to file amendments that would address the concerns raised by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill's impact on Arizona's Medicaid system".

Medicaid affects millions of Americans, young and old

The GOP was set to vote on the BCRA this week until McCain's visit to the doctor. Lawmakers are waiting for the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's review early next week. Republicans control 52 votes in the Senate and Sens.

"Arizona has been nationally recognized for running one of the most efficient and cost-effective Medicaid programs in the country", McCain said in a statement.

Several Republicans in the party's conservative and moderate wings have expressed deep concerns over the latest draft unveiled last Thursday. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V), Dean Heller (R-N.V.), Lisa Murkowski (R-A.K.) and Rob Portman (R-O.H.) have expressed reservations about the controversial bill, which, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released July 14, is now viewed unfavorably by 61% of Americans.

The nation's largest doctors' group says the new Republican health care bill falls short on coverage and access, particularly for low-income people on Medicaid. However, it is unlikely that the revision will be significant in offsetting the projected effects of the GOP-made health care.

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.

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