United States senator John McCain's absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the Republican leadership to postpone consideration of healthcare legislation already on the brink.
McCain, who plans to stay in Arizona this week after a procedure to remove a 2-inch (5-cm) blood clot from above his left eye, has expressed concern about the healthcare bill but has not said how he would vote.
When asked by show host Chris Wallace what course of action Republicans should take should they fail to pass health care reform, Paul suggested they repeal Obamacare and its taxes, regulations and mandates then worry about passing a replacement bill later. Susan Collins said the Senate health care bill would "jeopardize the very existence of our rural hospitals and our nursing homes".
Some say if this bill doesn't pass, they'll have to come up with a different plan.
On Saturday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he would postpone a vote until McCain returns. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky said they did not support even beginning discussion on the bill. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
McCain is in Arizona after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that he did not think delaying the vote on it during McCain's recovery "changes the outcome".
But leading officials with the Trump administration have spent the past several days trying to persuade Republican governors, including those in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, to support the Senate bill.
"(Sen. McCain) appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff", McCain's office said in a statement released July 15. Paul, much more conservative, said that he wanted the bill to go much further in dismantling the ACA, also commonly referred to as Obamacare.
According to AZCentral, McCain wasn't pleased with the latest revision of the health-care bill.
In fact, most of the ideas I've had on letting people join groups to buy their insurance, you know, letting the plumber and his wife join a large group like the chamber of commerce, those ideas are actually welcomed by virtually every Republican.