McCain's surgery puts Obamacare repeal vote in doubt

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Paul, who has criticized the bill for not being conservative enough, has also said he will vote against the bill.

Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan was to quickly vote on the legislation this week, McCain's surgery left Republicans scrambling as what already promised to be a tight vote would prove to be impossible without the senator from Arizona.

The vote on a Senate bill that would remake the USA healthcare system has been delayed again, Sen. His office said he would spend next week in Arizona recovering from the surgery, leaving McConnell short of the votes to move forward. The Arizona senator underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye and has been advised by his doctors to spend the next week recovering in Arizona, according to a statement quoted by AZ Central. The vote was originally supposed to take place before the July 4 recess, but was delayed when it became obvious it didn't have the support to pass. McCain's verified account tweeted Saturday.

Last week, Senate Republicans released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

That procedural vote could have come as early as Tuesday.

"Mr. McCain's absence will give the forces of opposition - which include scores of health care provider organizations and patient advocacy groups - more time to mobilize", The New York Times noted.

The hospital said tissue pathology reports would be available within the next several days.

"The operation seems to have gone well, but one thing worth noting is that Senator McCain has a history of invasive melanoma in and around that area", said CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Baxi said a blood clot like McCain's is usually discovered "when patients have symptoms, whether it's a seizure or headaches or weakness or speech difficulties", and not just through a routine physical.

"Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery", McConnell said in a statement that referred to his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

But two GOP lawmakers said Thursday they would still vote no, and a number of other key lawmakers remained undecided.

"Mandates on insurance cause prices to rise and young, healthy people then say 'Ill wait until I get sick [to buy insurance].' And then the insurance pool gets sicker and sicker - it's called adverse selection, we also call it the 'death spiral, '" Paul said. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family.

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