McConnell postpones GOP health care debate while McCain recovers from surgery

McConnell postpones GOP health care debate while McCain recovers from surgery

McConnell postpones GOP health care debate while McCain recovers from surgery

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saiys he will delay consideration of health care legislation in the Senate, after Sen. "John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14, at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix", read the statement.

It was not immediately clear when the surgery took place.

They said the 80-year-old Republican is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.

Collins is one of two Republican senators who have already said that they would not even vote to open debate on the latest version of the bill released on Thursday, meaning one more defection from the Republican ranks could kill it.

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. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME - vowing to vote against the legislation.

Whether or not the health care plan will pass even with McCain's vote, however, still remains to be seen.

Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at New York City's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said that recovery from a craniotomy - where an incision is made in the eyebrow in order to access the skull and remove a clot - "is usually a few weeks". "The delay is a huge injection of the most precious resource in the resistance movement, which is time", Ben Wikler, the national director of MoveOn, told reporters on a healthcare organizing call Monday.

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A statement released by Mr. McCain's office on Saturday had suggested that he would be in Arizona recovering for just this week, but neurosurgeons interviewed said the typical recovery period could be longer.

The letter also demands that Republicans not bring the bill to the Senate floor until receiving a complete score from the Congressional Budget Office. I think it would be extremely close.

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.

According to CNN's whip list, there are still more than a dozen GOP members undecided on whether they will vote to advance the bill, and throughout the weekend, lawmakers continued to voice their concerns. (I've heard the phrase "Christmas in July" used a couple of times from Capitol Hill contacts in recent days.) But in practice, the more the Republican health care is exposed to sunlight, the worse it appears. Conservatives continue to argue that the bill doesn't go far enough in dismantling the Affordable Care Act, while moderates say that its steep cuts to Medicaid will disproportionately hurt low-income and elderly Americans to finance a massive tax cut.

"You can't take more than $700 billion out of the Medicaid program and not think that it's going to have some kind of effect", she said during an appearance on "State of the Union".

But the data actually shows a much more enthusiastic expression of support for the Republicans' bill than when GOP voters are asked simply if they like it.

During his speech, Pence acknowledged the concerns that both Democratic and Republican governors have raised about the cuts to Medicaid over time and shifting costs to the states.

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