John McCain's Condition May Be More Serious Than Initially Reported

John McCain's Condition May Be More Serious Than Initially Reported

John McCain's Condition May Be More Serious Than Initially Reported

So when McCain, 80, announced that doctors in Phoenix removed a five-centimeter (two-inch) blood clot above his eye - a procedure that experts told USA media might be more serious than initially thought - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would "defer" the upcoming vote on the bill by at least a week. John McCain of Arizona underwent a "craniotomy" to remove a five-centimeter blood clot above his left eye and would be out for some time.

"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. The Republican bill rolls back numerous Medicaid expansions put in place under the ACA and takes away numerous protections that the ACA forced insurance policies to have.

McCain's office acknowledged in a statement that he would remain in Arizona: "Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff". 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. The Senate is divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, and McConnell can't lose more than two GOP votes.

Eight to 10 Republican U.S. senators have serious concerns about Republican healthcare legislation to roll back Obamacare, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, who opposes the bill, said on Sunday.

Without McCain, the current version of Trumpcare - officially titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act - can not pass the Senate.

The delay allows more time for Republicans to review the bill, first unveiled last Thursday. John McCain (R-AZ) is still recovering from surgery for a blood clot.

"I think my view is it's probably going to be dead, but I am - I've been wrong".

Or it could give Republican leaders the additional time needed to shape the bill to win over skeptical lawmakers.

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.

A delay would undoubtedly complicate McConnell's effort to ram the legislation through the Senate. So far, despite strong pressure from President Donald Trump, the middle ground that can win over moderates without alienating conservatives has proven elusive.

To get out of that Catch-22, Republicans have to convince the rest of the nation that Obamacare is as bad as they say it is and/or that their bill is actually the opposite of what voters think it is. Instead, the Senate GOP's health care bill is expected to go directly to the floor for a vote. Amendments that are considered "germane" to the health care legislation need 51 votes to be added to the bill. McCain blamed it on staying up late to watch a baseball game, but members of the public expressed concern online.

The Senate Budget Committee did not offer an explanation for the delay but said it would provide more information and updates as appropriate.

Trumpcare has stalled and Republican leaders don't know when they'll be able to restart it.

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