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>> Governor, having the conversation.>> Senator John McCain's recovery from a surgery to remove blood clots in his left eye could take longer than expected. That's bad news for Senate Republicans, who are delaying a vote on their healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare until the Arizona Senator returns to Washington.
In a statement last week, McCain's office suggested he would be out for just one week to recover from the minimally invasive procedure. But two neurosurgeons telling The New York Times, the recovery period for a craniotomy, or opening of the skull typically takes a few weeks or more. Without McCain, the healthcare bill is thrown into question.
Republicans will not meet the 50 votes needed to advance it without him. Two GOP senators, Susan Collins and Rand Paul, have already said they will not even vote to open debate on the latest version of the bill. Collins adding that eight to ten Republican US Senators have serious concerns about the legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to hold a procedural vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act next week. The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix released a statement Saturday, saying the 80-year-old Senator was recovering well and in good spirits at home. And that tissue pathology reports would come back in several days.