John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote

John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote

John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the senator would be in Arizona next week recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. He will be in Arizona next week as he recovers based on the advice of his doctors, the statement said.

McConnell needs the support of 50 of 52 GOP senators to proceed to a floor debate on the bill, and two senators - Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky - have already said they will not support that motion.

A further delay in the schedule is bad news for Senate Republicans, as it will allow opponents of the legislation more time to pressure wavering GOP centrists to vote against it.

Responding to the issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement late Saturday that the Senate will defer consideration of the health care bill.

McCain's absence throws the bill's fate into doubt. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie for final passage. In recent days GOP leaders have expressed optimism that they were getting closer to a version that could pass the Senate.

Senate Republican had planned to vote next week on the legislation, which would dismantle and replace Obamacare. "Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision", the Mayo Clinic said in a statement. "His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went "very well" and he is in good spirits", the Mayo Clinic said.

Acknowledging the gravity of McCain's current condition, Sen.

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