Two Republicans, Rand Paul and moderate Susan Collins are opposed to the new Senate bill, while many other Republican senators have voiced their concerns over the new version of the bill. So far, despite strong pressure from President Donald Trump, the middle ground that can win over moderates without alienating conservatives has proven elusive. Already, two GOP senators-Susan Collins from ME and Rand Paul from Kentucky-have pledged not to vote for the new bill, and McConnell can't afford to lose any more senators, including McCain, to pass the bill.
Both senators raised doubts about wider Republican support for the bill. He did not say when he would return to the health care bill.
"This bill imposes fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program, and those include very deep cuts that would affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including disabled children and poor seniors".
Moderate Republican Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Dean Heller of Nevada told CBS News following the release of the current iteration of the Senate's plan and an all-hands GOP meeting, that they needed more time to review the legislation before making up their minds on whether to support it. Ohio Governor John Kasich on Friday blasted the revised bill as "unacceptable", which could make it tougher to bring Portman on board.
Doctors advised McCain to take the week off and rest at home. "That's why if the Senate takes up this legislation, I intend to file amendments that would address the concerns raised by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill's impact on Arizona's Medicaid system". Everyone has the right to health insurance, she said.
Without McCain, the current version of Trumpcare - officially titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act - can not pass the Senate. John McCainJohn McCainStartup founders to Trump: Don't rescind popular International Entrepreneur Rule Poll: Half prefer ObamaCare over GOP health bill GOP rep: Tax reform will not happen without healthcare reform MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery. He had hoped the bill would be voted on this week.
McConnell's initial challenge is to get all the remaining holdouts to agree not to vote with Democrats to block the measure from even reaching the floor for debate. Analyses of the earlier version of the Senate bill found it would result in more than 20 million additional uninsured Americans over a decade, compared with current law.
The Republican senator from Arizona is recovering from brain surgery performed Friday to remove a almost 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye.
The statement read that McCain is "resting comfortably at home and is in good condition". Although they usually come up negative, McCain has suffered in the past from melanoma, a skin cancer that can spread to the brain and elsewhere.
President Trump, for his part, even admitted last week that striking an agreement on health care reform an nearly impossible challenge to overcome.