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 SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal Ignore the naysayers trying to disrupt US diplomacy with North Korea 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 McConnellWarren on family separation policy: Trump is ‘taking America to a dark and ugly place’ Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday the Senate would delay consideration on its healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee 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.”