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 SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: ‘About time’ GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger 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 McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday the Senate would delay consideration on its healthcare bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress 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.”