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McConnell Delays Health Care Vote as John McCain Recovers from Surgery

McConnell Delays Health Care Vote as John McCain Recovers from Surgery

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday the Senate would delay consideration of the Republican health care bill while Arizona Senator John McCain recovers from surgery. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovers from his recent surgery to remove a blood clot, McConnell announced Saturday.

McConnell said that in McCain's absence the Senate would continue its work on other legislative matters and nominations by President Donald Trump to fill various positions throughout federal agencies.

A close vote had already been predicted for the Republican healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided.

The letter expresses opposition to a provision, included in the new GOP repeal bill, that would allow insurers to sell plans that do not meet ObamaCare regulations, including the ban on discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, if they also sold plans that did meet the requirements.

McConnell's announcement came shortly after McCain's office issued a statement disclosing the surgery and noting that doctors had advised the senator to stay in Arizona next week to recover.

Two Republican senators-Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky- have already said they will not support the motion that would move the bill to the floor.

According to moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) Sunday, 8 to 10 of her colleagues have serious concerns about the Republican healthcare legislation to roll back Obamacare.

A chorus of senators weighed in on McCain's recovery via Twitter, including the Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

But leading officials with the Trump administration have spent the past several days trying to persuade Republican governors, including those in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, to support the Senate bill.

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The new version of the Senate bill includes an amendment that would only help Alaska, to ensure the votes of Republican Sens. Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision.

McCain himself seemed skeptical of the bill's chances.

McCain, 80, who spent six years as a prisoner of war in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, is the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona and serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He did not say when he would return to the health care bill.

I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain.