WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate panel that John McCain leads will press ahead with its business this week as the Arizona Republican continues to recuperate from surgery to remove a blood clot.
McCain's surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye certainly complicates the timetable, but it also buys McConnell moretime to shore up support among a number of holdouts, including Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Dean Heller of Nevada. It was not immediately clear whether Inhofe will assume such a role for Shanahan's nomination.
McCain's office said the surgery went well, but if his health were to fail, then a new Republican senator would be appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican and a longtime Obamacare critic.
The bill's dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program are a significant concern for governors like Sandoval as well as moderate senators such as Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Some fear that repealing the Affordable Care Act could adversely impact millions of Americans by effectively forcing them off of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and the disabled, or making health costs soar for people with pre-existing conditions.
However, CBO was not going to have time to analyze the Cruz amendment by Monday, CBS News' Nancy Cordes reports. "And so at the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass", said moderate Sen.
A number of other Republicans including Senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of OH, have also expressed serious reservations about the bill in its current form.
Failure to pass the bill would mark a humiliating defeat for Republicans who have spent much of the past seven years vowing to kill off Obamacare. The extra time could allow him the chance to convince those senators to get behind the bill or it could allow opposition to harden. Chuck Schumer's obstructionism is a de-facto government shutdown Conservatives: Working with Dems on healthcare a waste of time MORE (D-N.Y.) is warning that the problem with the Senate GOP's healthcare bill is not time, but substance. "I still think the entire 52 of us could get together on a more narrow, clean repeal, and I think it still can be done". "A willing customer should be able to connect with a willing an insurance company on a policy that makes sense to both, and the law ought not to stand in the way of that", he said.
The healthcare bill was already on rocky ground even with McCain, as many speculated whether McConnell could pull together 50 votes. But with the controversial health-care bill already on a knife-edge, opponents and critics of the legislation are raising doubts about whether it can survive the delay. McCain's health may very well determine the country's. Researchers also found these people were 6.6 percent more likely to have a personal doctor and 11.5 percent less likely to skip out on needed health care because it was too expensive for them to afford.
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Nevertheless, Ernestine said her husband is a "fighter" and has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going". The 47-year-old has been battling health issues for five years but hit "rock bottom" more than a year ago.