Collins: More Republican senators have concerns about health care bill

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The Republican senator from Arizona is recovering from brain surgery performed Friday to remove a almost 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye. With McCain away, unless one of those two senators changes their mind, Senate Republican leaders are unlikely to meet the 50-vote threshold needed to begin debate on the bill. John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot.

Added funding to address the opioid epidemic "is a positive step", he said, but "those suffering from substance-use disorder have other health care needs that are not likely to be addressed if they lose coverage through a rollback of the Medicaid expansion".

He did not say when he would aim to return to the health care bill. "Rather than increase the number of Idahoans who are uninsured, and increase health care costs for everyone, we need a fresh start with real reforms".

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.

Cornyn acknowledged that if the Senate is unable to attract enough GOP votes that it will "keep trying" but will eventually have to come up with a different plan.

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Afghan security forces and volunteers visit the scene of an attack in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, on January 10, 2017. He estimated district security would require 300 police, but said that kind of manpower was not available.

With the vote set for the coming week now indefinitely postponed, GOP success in its long-promised Obamacare repeal grows all the more uncertain, despite heavy lobbying in recent days by Trump administration officials.

I ask you to consider the irony of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delaying a vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare until Senator John McCain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.

But Senate Republicans have been seeking to overhaul health care and deliver on the party's promise to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, which they've been pledging to do since its 2010 enactment.

"The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition", according to his doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, relayed in a statement from McCain's office. Records of his medical examinations, issued in 2008, when he was a GOP presidential candidate, showed he had removed precancerous skin lesions and had an initial phase of squamous cell carcinoma.

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