John McCain's (R-AZ) unexpected surgery would force Republicans to delay a planned vote on their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act sent GOP leaders scrambling. "This will allow members to hear unfiltered and unbiased analysis of how the bill will affect their states and the health and financial security of the constituents they represent, including the impact of Medicaid cuts to vulnerable populations like children, people with disabilities, and people with pre-existing conditions". Republicans know how to fall into the corner in a fetal position, wet themselves, and beg 'please, don't hurt me.' .
Now that Republicans will delay a vote on their health care bill until Arizona Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have each said they would vote against debating the bill, though their reasoning is rooted in opposite ends of the political spectrum. Sen.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that about 60 percent of Democrats and a third of independents strongly prefer Obamacare.
Vice president Mike Pence sought to shore up support among the nation's governors at a meeting in Rhode Island, but a key Republican governor, Ohio's John Kasich, came out strongly against the revised bill, saying its Medicaid cuts were too deep and it does too little to stabilise the insurance market. Rand Paul, have already said they won't support the legislation. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy floated an alternative plan. But it kept the core of the earlier bill, including ending the expansion of Medicaid that was instrumental in enabling Obamacare to expand coverage to 20 million people, and restructuring that social safety-net program.
"I think the longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal".
Unfortunately, it's not only Democrats the GOP leadership has to worry about.