John McCain's announced absence following surgery leaves Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation.
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Senator Susan Collins, one of the Republicans publicly voicing opposition to the proposed GOP health care bill, said on CNN this morning there are "eight to ten" senators with serious concerns about it.
The Republican senator from Arizona is recovering from brain surgery performed Friday to remove a almost 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye.
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I ask you to consider the irony of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delaying a vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare until Senator John McCain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.
McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations next week and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering. In a Senate divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, McConnell can lose no more than two votes and still prevail.
McCain's absence casts doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former president Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as Obamacare. Democrats are unanimously opposed to the bill, as are the nation's major medical groups and insurers.
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In Phoenix, Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well", a hospital statement said.
The tissue that was removed is undergoing analysis, and McCain's office says results should be available within the next several days.
His office released a statement saying McCain, 80, is resting at his home.
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