McCain has blood clot removed, may miss health care vote

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee's confirmation hearing for Nay Secretary nominee Richard Spencer. Surgeons in Phoenix

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee's confirmation hearing for Nay Secretary nominee Richard Spencer. Surgeons in Phoenix

On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a delay on the bill's vote, after McCain underwent unexpected surgery in Arizona for a blood clot above his left eye.

McCain has a history of an aggressive form of skin cancer known as a melanoma, which can easily spread to the brain and cause bleeding.

Another question about McCain's surgery focuses on whether this blood clot is in some way connected with his history of melanoma.

Two GOP senators had said earlier they would vote against bringing the bill to the floor. The original score, which showed that 22 million more Americans would be without health insurance in 2026 under the BCRA compared to the current system, was a key point of contention for centrist Republicans who opposed the first iteration of the healthcare bill.

GOP leaders had planned to vote as early as Tuesday, but with McCain absent, Senate Republicans would fall short of the 50 votes needed to move ahead with the bill.

McCain's surgeons removed the clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy through an incision in the 80-year-old lawmaker's eyebrow.

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"You know, I don't think right now he does".

With McCain, the Republican health care bill is on hold.

A health care vote will have to wait, this time because Sen. According to the statement, McCain's surgery went "very well," and the Arizona senator was in "good spirits".

The Senate will postpone its consideration of the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until Sen.

The Senate Budget Committee was quoted as saying that the release on the CBO analysis of the updated Republican bill was put off, adding it will provide further information and updates as appropriate. Mitch McConnell had hoped to have the legislation voted on this week. States that did not expand Medicaid such as Florida would benefit from this change. Collins, a more moderate Republican said that she felt the Medicaid cuts were too deep. But for the millions who've been helped by the increasingly popular health-care law, keeping - and fixing - what's been largely working isn't such a bad idea.

"The real problem we have is we won four elections on repealing Obamacare, but this bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies", Paul said.

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