Schumer: Problem with healthcare bill is substance, not time

Schumer: Problem with healthcare bill is substance, not time
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) is warning that the problem with the Senate GOP's healthcare bill is not time, but substance.

“Time is not the problem in the present healthcare bill,” Schumer told reporters, according to the New York Daily News.

“The problem is the substance. It slashes Medicaid, which has become something that helps middle-class New Yorkers ... and millions of Americans.”

His comments on Sunday come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday the Senate would delay consideration on its healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," McConnell said in a statement Saturday.

McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from his eye.

Schumer called McCain a "dear friend" of his, according to the Daily News.

“He is one of my best friends in the Senate and he is one of the most effective, strongest senators," he said.

“I am praying for his speedy, speedy recovery,” he added, “regardless of its effects on politics one way or the other.”