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AARP to Senate on Latest Version of Health Bill: Still Harmful

With the Democrats solidly opposed to the legislation, the Republicans can only pass the bill if 50 of 52 members back it and if Republican Vice President Mike Pence casts his tiebreaking vote in favor. McConnell then said, “While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act”. “We wish Sen. McCain a speedy recovery”, said Helen Aguirre Ferre, director of media affairs.Close the Gap Idaho, a broad coalition of health care providers, charities, advocates and others, has released a statement strongly opposing the new Senate GOP health care bill unveiled this week, the Better Care Reconciliation Act or BCRA.Many of those senators are waiting for their Republican governors to weigh in on the legislation before moving forward and are bristling at proposed reductions in Medicaid spending.Collins is one of two Republican senators who have already said that they would not even vote to open debate on the latest version of the bill released Thursday, meaning one more defection from the Republican ranks could kill it.Brian Whitlock, president and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association, said, “Like so many others, we view this legislation through a very simple lens: Does is make health care more accessible and affordable?” McConnell issued his statement not long after McCain’s office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.”I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators, that we’ll have that vote”, he said. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.The tissue that was removed is undergoing analysis, and McCain’s office says results should be available within the next several days.The senator’s office said in its statement that “on the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week”.Cornyn appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Collins was on ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union”, and Paul was on “Fox News Sunday” and CBS’ “Face the Nation”.We urge the Senate to vote “NO” and start from scratch on a new health bill that lowers costs and maintains vital protections and coverage that millions of Americans count on.