John McCain recuperates from surgery, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday night, just hours after the Arizona Republican announced he underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.
McConnell said in a statement, the Senate would instead continue their work on "legislative items and nominations".
In Phoenix, Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well", a hospital statement said. It's clear these right-wing groups are more determined than ever to try to replace me with a rubber stamp for their extreme agenda.
They said the 80-year-old Republican is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona. Already, two GOP senators-Susan Collins from ME and Rand Paul from Kentucky-have pledged not to vote for the new bill, and McConnell can't afford to lose any more senators, including McCain, to pass the bill.
McCain's absence from the Senate floor means that McConnell and Republicans must further delay a vote on the controversial health-care bill that it had been trying for over two months to pass.
Because two Republican senators have already said they will vote no on the motion to proceed, if McCain is a yes vote and were to miss the vote, it would fail 49-50. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have vocally opposed the plan, at least six more Republican senators remain undecided and could go either way. President Obama in my view made a serious mistake when he pushed through the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote. The surgery was described as a "minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision".
"President Trump and I believe the Senate health-care bill strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society", Pence said in a speech to governors on Friday. Everyone has the right to health insurance, she said.
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. Collins, a more moderate Republican said that she felt the Medicaid cuts were too deep. "I still think the entire 52 of us could get together on a more narrow, clean repeal, and I think it still can be done". Researchers also found these people were 6.6 percent more likely to have a personal doctor and 11.5 percent less likely to skip out on needed health care because it was too expensive for them to afford.
Mr. McCain's presence is crucial for Mr. McConnell to round up a decision on the bill.
The additional time is giving opponents a chance to organize more rallies, protests, call-in campaigns, mass emails, door-to-door canvassing and sit-ins at senators' Washington offices to pressure Republicans to vote against the a bill that is already in jeopardy.
"The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal", Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation". Leaders are gauging support on whether they can get all of their members on the same page - something that has proved hard in recent months.