Health bill consideration delayed

Health bill consideration delayed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Saturday he was delaying the vote on the bill to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law, which had been planned for this coming week. "On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week", a spokesperson for the 80-year-old senator said in a statement Saturday.

Senate leaders had scheduled a vote for this week but postponed it to give McCain time to recover from treatment of a blood clot near his eye.

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. "You will have separate pools - one that only healthy people can get into and one for you".

But, he said, those states that rely on the federally run insurance exchanges are at the mercy of the Trump administration.

"Opioid addiction can not be treated in isolation, and funding only addiction treatment when patients have other chronic and complex medical needs, is likely to be ineffective", said Dr. Corey Waller, chairman of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's legislative advocacy committee.

Moderate Sen. Susan Collins of ME told reporters she had informed McConnell she would be voting against beginning debate on the bill, citing in part cuts in the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled. Sen.

As Republicans have focused on repealing and replacing the ACA this year, conservative lawmakers have started defining success by just one benchmark: Whether a GOP bill would lower insurance premiums.

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"On the Senate side, I would estimate that there about eight to 10 Republican senators who have deep concerns", Ms. Collins said on ABC's "This Week". "The longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal", he said. "And the time to deliver that to them is next week", McConnell said. Moderate Republicans have objected that that would make policies excessively costly for people with serious illnesses because healthy people would flock to the cheaper coverage.

White House spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferre declined to say whether the president made calls to senators over the weekend on the health care bill.

"If we're not successful now, I assume we'll keep trying", Cornyn said of an upcoming vote. Nothing for maternity care, mental health or medication? Then, with no visible progress toward agreement, he delayed the Senate's scheduled August recess by two weeks so senators could keep working. No Republican senators expressed concern about this, it hasn't been a Democratic criticism of the bill, and nothing about the current interest rate environment suggests it was a substantive problem with the bill. They will also try to raise doubts about the work of the Congressional Budget Office, which estimated that an earlier version of McConnell's bill could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, compared with current law. Under the Senate bill, carriers seeking to sell skimpy coverage would have to offer only one high-benefit "gold" plan and a medium-benefit "silver" plan as traditionally sold under the Affordable Care Act.

The author of the proposal, Sen.

Even though insurers selling unregulated plans would be required to offer full-coverage plans to all comers, they could limit their risk with time-tested maneuvers to repel the sick, said Ana Gupte, who follows health care stocks for Leerink Partners.

But that hasn't swayed the American Medical Association, which points out that people in recovery also need comprehensive health insurance. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, insurance companies would also be allowed to sell low-priced plans that do not meet "Obamacare" standards. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

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