Thank John McCain's surgery for delay in health care vote

Cruz, who still prefers 'total repeal,' gets on board with Senate GOP's Obamacare replacement

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 U.S. 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.

In the debate about Republicans' proposed health care bills, we've been hearing a lot about death - death panels (again), death spirals, the death of conscience. Chuck Schumer's obstructionism is a de-facto government shutdown Conservatives: Working with Dems on healthcare a waste of time MORE (D-N.Y.) is warning that the problem with the Senate GOP's healthcare bill is not time, but substance. That's because Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Main previously said they would oppose the bill when it is up for vote.

"The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal", Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation".

The bill is not much different from the original: it would still end Obamacare's penalties for people who don't buy insurance, cut back an expansion of Medicaid and cuts to the entitlement program.

In private meetings, Pence and Verma tried to convince governors that the GOP's health care bill would give them greater flexibility to design Medicaid programs that were better tailored to their needs.

Doctors ordered a week of rest, the statement from McCain's office said.

Senators on both sides of the aisle have publicly chided McConnell for the secretive and rushed process, but the maneuvering has kept Senate Democrats in the dark and has occasionally left the liberal "Resistance" movement to be caught flat-footed.

"I'd say the only thing more hard than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is health care", Mr. Trump said aboard Air Force One to the White House press corps en route to Paris. It is unclear how long McCain will be away from the Senate, but it will likely be at least a week.

The New York Times also reported Monday that McCain's surgery may be more serious than first described.

It was the second time that McConnell was forced to call off a planned vote, even with heavy lobbying by Trump administration officials.

A previous version of the health-care bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives in March after it failed to gain enough votes to advance.

Democrats said the changes seemed aimed at helping Louisiana.

Repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law was a top campaign promise for President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.

"Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision".

Doctors now are waiting for the results of a tissue pathology analysis to determine more information about the blood clot, McCain's office said, adding they will release more details as information becomes available.

In 2000, McCain was diagnosed with melanoma. McCain blamed it on staying up late to watch a baseball game, but members of the public expressed concern online.

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