McCain's Blood Clot Blocks Obamacare Repeal Vote

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Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said Sunday that he does not believe fellow Kentuckian and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has the votes necessary to pass the Republican health care bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's deferring consideration of the GOP health care measure.

But without Mr. McCain, Senate Republicans would not have the votes they need to take up or pass their bill to repeal and replace major provisions of the health care act that was the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama. John McCain's announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME opposed the bill already, meaning the GOP couldn't afford to lose any more votes.

"There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"The longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal", said Paul, who is against the legislation because it fails to fully repeal Obamacare, which is formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

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A week ago, McConnell chose to cancel the first two weeks of the Senate's traditional August recess to allow more time for deliberations on the health bill and other issues. John McCain underwent surgery Saturday and told leaders he would remain in Arizona for the week to recuperate. "Our thoughts are with Cindy and his family, his staff and the people of Arizona", McConnell wrote.

The repeal and replace of Obamacare was a major promise of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and it has always been the dream of Republicans in the house to see the end of a bill they agonised over for many years. Ted Cruz greenlighting the sale of bare-bones policy as "unworkable in any form".

Republicans had hoped to get a vote to the floor this week, but McCain's surgery pushed it back. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V), Dean Heller (R-N.V.), Lisa Murkowski (R-A.K.) and Rob Portman (R-O.H.) have expressed reservations about the controversial bill, which, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released July 14, is now viewed unfavorably by 61% of Americans.

As for McCain, doctors removed a almost 2-inch clot. He is recovering at home in Arizona. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery", Flake said.

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