Sen. John McCain Has Surgery to Remove Blood Clot Above Eye

Elias Hubbard
July 16, 2017

It was unclear how McCain's absence might affect Senate Republican plans to vote next week on legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.

McCain's absence means Senate Republicans nearly certainly will not have the 50 votes they'd need to win a procedural vote. Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have already said they will not vote to proceed, making McCain's "yes" vote essential.

McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo told 12 News that McCain will not be able to cast a vote on the legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who schedules votes in the Senate, could postpone the procedural vote that had been cast as a showdown over the measure created to replace President Barack Obama's health care law, commonly called Obamacare.

A close vote had already been predicted to pass the GOP health care bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided.

Portman and Heller also face pressure from Republican governors in their states who are anxious the Senate bill's curtailing of federal support for ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion could hurt their constituents.

McCain's office said the blood clot was discovered during an annual physical and removed Friday at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery". "Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days". They said the 80-year-old Republican is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona described the procedure as "minimally invasive" and said it went "very well".

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