John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

McCain said in a statement Thursday: "The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona".

It was unclear how McCain's absence might affect a crucial Senate vote on legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare, with Republicans so divided that the absence of a single "yes" vote could doom the healthcare bill. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 "yes" votes for passage in a chamber that the Republicans control by a 52-48 margin.

McCain has expressed concern about the healthcare bill but has not said how he would vote. "He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family", McCain's office said in a statement.

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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. That could give his conference more time to get healthcare done.

According to the Mayo Clinic, McCain is in good condition and resting at his home. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona described the procedure as "minimally invasive" and said it went "very well".

"Following a routine annual physical, Sen. Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days", the statement from the Mayo Clinic read. Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family.

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