John McCain's absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the Republican leadership to postpone consideration of the Trump administration's troubled healthcare legislation.
The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said in a statement that, following a routine physical, McCain had a procedure to remove a five-centimeter blood clot located above his left eye.
McCain's surgery does not appear to have been major and it seems as though he will be able to return to Washington by some time next week. Susan Collins and Rand Paul, having come out in opposition to the bill, along with all 48 Democrats, the bill needs the support of all 50 remaining Republican senators in order to pass. Surgeons in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above the senator's left eye on Friday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that he did not think delaying the vote on it during McCain's recovery "changes the outcome".
Following news that McConnell was deferring a vote scheduled on the bill so Sen.
McCain's Blood Clot Blocks Obamacare Repeal Vote
The Senate bill would allow health insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums.
Eight to 10 Republican US senators are said to have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare, meaning that one of President Donald Trump's key campaign promises is still no closer to becoming a reality.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to issue its estimate of the new plan's impact on health coverage and the federal budget deficit as early as today. Susan Collins of ME - have said that they will not vote to proceed with debate on the bill. McCain said that he would file amendments that would address concerns of leaders from his state about how the bill would affect Medicaid. Some conservative lawmakers say the repeal effort does not go far enough to change US health policies, while others say that the proposed changes would leave millions of people, many of them poorer Americans, without health insurance.
But the one thing we should do is try to repeal as many of the taxes, as many of the regulations, and as many of the mandates as we possibly can.
The delay in voting this week could have an effect on how people perceive the bill, Paul said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation".
I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain.
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