Eight to 10 Republican US senators are said to have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare, meaning that one of President Donald Trump's key campaign promises is still no closer to becoming a reality.
The real problem we have is we won four elections on repealing Obamacare, but this bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies, and creates something that Republicans have never been for - that's a giant insurance bailout superfund.
Doctors in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye.
McCain's absence casts doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as Obamacare. McConnell said at the time that more time was needed to complete action on legislative items.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to his office from the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2017.
Leadership's plans for a vote this week were thwarted when Sen.
Even before McCain's statement and the deferment, the Republican effort to pass its broad overhaul of the country's health care was already hanging by a thread. He was the Republican Party presidential nominee in 2008, losing the election to Obama. Several more are on the fence about the bill.
While the change complicates Mr McConnell's plans, it also buys him time to shore up more support among a number of holdouts, including senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dean Heller of Nevada and Rob Portman of Ohio. John McCain (R-AZ) had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot.
Fellow Arizona Republican Sen. That would be devastating to Long Island and to New York.