But supporters of leadership's plan say it's time to debate, amend and pass the bill, arguing Republicans must "stand up and be counted" after seven years of pledging repeal.
"The real problem we have is we won four elections on repealing Obamacare, but this bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies", Paul said.
"I think it's absolutely wrong", Paul said of the bill. Insurers have even admitted that they are raising premiums and pulling out of exchanges because of the uncertainty in the market created by Republicans. With two Republican senators - Susan Collins and Rand Paul - standing firm that they will vote no, a "yes" from McCain is the one shot they've got at moving the bill forward.
Among Republicans, roughly six in 10 said they like the plan their party's senators crafted, while 11 percent prefer Obamacare. Soon after that news broke, McConnell announced that he would delay the vote on the health care bill until McCain returned. The latest version of Trumpcare has also raised the ire of important health care interest groups who now have time to lobby against the bill. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery", Flake said.
The pending voting on the Senate #Healthcare Bill hit an impasse on Saturday, July 15th, 2017.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates these changes would result in cuts of $772 billion in federal spending on Medicaid, and would shed 15 million people from the program.
They sounded ready to take the risk of putting the legislation on the floor and hoping the pressure of delivering on that promise would carry the day. But passing it puts them in the same positions Democrats ended up after the passage of Obamacare. "They don't fix it - they just subsidize it with taxpayer moneys". McConnell wants a vote on it next week.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval told the Associated Press he had been in regular contact with Heller to discuss the growing impacts of the Republicans' plan.
Trump continues to tweet and senior administration officials with policy knowledge have been meeting with lawmakers. A vote was postponed last month, also due to limited support.
Now, the Cruz amendment has been included in the bill and the Medicaid cuts remain, putting centrists on the spot.
McConnell did not indicate when he would aim to return to the health care bill, but Cornyn made clear Sunday that moving quickly is important.
"This is a system that is crying out for reform and revision", he said.
And the Republican senator's absence from the Capitol next week would have complicated the already tight math surrounding a planned Senate health care vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The surgeons at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, the hospital that performed McCain's operation, are not conducting interviews regarding the surgery, McCain's recovery, or the cause of the clot.
Even then, McCain would be back to work within a few weeks time.