McCain’s Blood Clot Stops Obamacare Repeal
On Saturday night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate will delay their vote on the health care bill.
McConnell said that the delay comes from Arizona Senator John McCain’s expected absence due to surgery.
On Friday, McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. GOP leadership said they wanted to vote on the bill this week, but Republicans are going to need McCain to gain the majority.
At present, two GOP lawmakers have decided to go against the revised draft. Both Senator Susan Collins from Maine and Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky are opposed to the bill and will vote against it. Six others have not decided their role.
Obamacare Struggle Continues In Senate
The Daily Caller writes:
“The bill has faced criticism from Republican and Democrat governors alike. The state executives, some of whom accepted expanded Obamacare Medicaid subsidies, have argued against the inclusion of deep cuts to the program.”
“The governors were joined in their opposition by two of the nation’s most powerful health care groups, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans sent a letter to GOP leadership Friday night criticizing the inclusion of a conservative amendment to the bill.”
McCain’s Office Releases Official Statement
“In a statement released by McCain’s office, the Mayo Clinic said surgeons removed a blood clot above the senator’s left eye during a procedure on Friday at its hospital in Phoenix.”
“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff,” McCain’s office said in a statement Saturday night. “He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”