The Republican Health-Care Plan Just Suffered a Major Setback

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McCain, R-Ariz., is due to recover at home with family in Arizona this week following a July 14 procedure at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, according to a statement his office released Saturday.

Paul continued to attack the bill as well. Paul, much more conservative, said that he wanted the bill to go much further in dismantling the ACA, also commonly referred to as Obamacare. It is likely that younger, healthier individuals would gravitate toward the skimpy plans, and sicker people would buy the Obamacare-approved plans, which is a formulation that the industry predicts will result in exceedingly high premiums for sick people.

With a Senate vote on the GOP health care bill delayed until at least next week, opponents are using the additional time to build on their efforts to defeat the measure.

But the weekend didn't go especially well for the administration.

After facing an outcry, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell increased that to $45 billion. After a speech in which Pence claimed 60,000 disabled Ohioans were waiting to get care, a spokesman for Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich dismissed the claim as false on Twitter.

Chief executives from two of the nation's largest insurance groups, America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, warned that implementing Cruz's amendment would be a disaster.

The insurers' statement follows opposition to the Republican legislation from practically every major stakeholder in the health care industry, including organizations representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, patients, and seniors. Among Republicans, 59 percent preferred the GOP plan, compared with 11 percent who preferred the current law.

Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin.

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The timing of McCain's surgery, of course, could not have been better for the GOP - or more ironic - as the senator's absence gives Republicans more time to try and swing the vote to appeal Obamacare in their favor.

During the same speech, the vice president went after Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R, a critic of the legislation, by suggesting his state's expansion of Medicaid left almost 60,000 residents with disabilities "stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months or even years". "We'll see if McConnell can pull a rabbit out of his hat", one Republican told Axios.

Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law who was also in that meeting, will make an off-the-record appearance at an event with congressional interns Friday.

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Senators on both sides of the aisle have publicly chided McConnell for the secretive and rushed process, but the maneuvering has kept Senate Democrats in the dark and has occasionally left the liberal "Resistance" movement to be caught flat-footed.

In a statement Friday, AHIP called the proposal "simply unworkable in any form".

I wish Senator McCain all the best in his recovery. The timing will depend on whether McConnell wants the amendments brought up during vote-a-rama to be added to the final bill or not. He says that this bill puts Medicaid on a more sustainable path.