Mitch McConnell To Delay Health Care Vote Until McCain Recovers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this Saturday that he will postpone the consideration of the healthcare legislation because of Sen. John McCain’s absence due to recent surgery.

Fox News reports that McConnell released a statement on Saturday evening stating he would delay any action on the proposal while McCain recovers at his residence in Arizona.

McConnell stated, “While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.”

The 80-year-old Senate was instructed by doctors to remain in Arizona after the surgeons in Phoenix removed a blood clot from McCain’s left eye last Friday. According to CNN Politics, McCain discovered the blood clot after an annual physical.

Senate republicans revealed a revised version of their healthcare bill on Thursday. GOP leaders planned to vote, or to take the proper steps toward a vote in the upcoming week. However, McCain still has major reservations regarding the bill.

CNN reports that McCain stated, “ The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona.” McCain plans on creating amendments that consider the concerns of how the bill would affect Medicaid.

McCain’s surgery was considered “minimally invasive” and he is reported to be resting comfortably in Arizona.
According to Fox News, McCain is three-time survivor of melanoma. His medical records were released in 2008 when he was GOP candidate for the presidency. These records showed that he has precancerous skin lesions that were removed relatively early and squamous cell carcinoma, which is a more easily cured skin cancer.

CNN reports that Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, tweeted: “”Praying for a speedy recovery for my friend @SenJohnMcCain.”

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor

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