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Sen. John McCain undergoes surgery for blood clot above eye

Sen. John McCain undergoes surgery for blood clot above eye

Before McCain's absence, the legislation was already opposed by two GOP senators in a chamber where they hold a 52-48 majority. Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said Saturday, July 15 that McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot, and that the surgery went "very well".

The White House said Sunday that Trump was "monitoring what's going on with health care" but did not otherwise weigh in on the growing uncertainty. John McCain on Friday underwent a "minimally invasive" medical procedure at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, the 80-year-old Arizona Republican's office announced Saturday afternoon.

"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 he posted to Twitter. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery".

Republicans are considering advancing their health care bill without an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on a major new provision that insurers warn would wreak havoc on customers, NBC News reported.

McConnell had been in a rush to get the bill to a vote, in part because it was thought more time wouldn't help and could hurt the chance for passage.

"There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill".

Dr. Barbe added that alternative efforts to pursue bipartisan initiatives aimed at stabilizing the individual market should be the next step, and that "more bipartisan collaboration is needed in the months ahead to improve the delivery and financing of health care".

"I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators, that we'll have that vote", he said.

The senator's office said in its statement that "on the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week". Tissue pathology reports are pending, it said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday that the Senate will delay consideration of the Republican health care bill while Sen.