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Excerpt: "Sen. John McCain's absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the GOP leadership to postpone consideration of healthcare legislation that is already on the brink."

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) listens during a committee hearing on Tuesday. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) listens during a committee hearing on Tuesday. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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Republican Senator Lashes Out at McConnell

McConnell Defers Action on Healthcare Vote After McCain Surgery

By Associated Press

16 July 17


en. John McCain's absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the GOP leadership to postpone consideration of healthcare legislation that is already on the brink.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday night that he was deferring action on the measure as McCain recovers at his home in Arizona. Surgeons in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye Friday. The 80-year-old Republican senator was advised by doctors to remain in Arizona next week, his office said.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," McConnell said in a statement.

A close vote had already been predicted to pass the GOP healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. With the GOP holding a 52-48 majority, they can afford to lose only two Republicans. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie for final passage.

Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine, have already said they'll vote against the measure.

A procedural vote expected in the coming days had been cast as a showdown over the measure designed to replace President Obama's healthcare law, commonly called Obamacare.

McConnell and other GOP leaders have been urging senators to, at least, vote in favor of opening debate, which would allow senators to offer amendments. In recent days, GOP leaders have expressed optimism that they were getting closer to a version that could pass the Senate.

In Phoenix, Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the nearly 2-inch clot and that the surgery went "very well," according to a hospital statement. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.

Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.

McCain is a three-time survivor of melanoma. Records of his medical exams released in 2008, when he was the GOP candidate for president, showed that he has had precancerous skin lesions removed. McCain also underwent a procedure to remove early-stage squamous cell carcinoma, an easily curable skin cancer, according to the records. your social media marketing partner


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+10 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-07-16 10:56
I'm sure McCain was not worried about how to pay for his surgery. I wonder if he understands that for many millions of Americans such an emergency would send them into bankruptcy. Or if they were lucky enough to have insurance, they might get kicked off the policy or get their rates increased.

The generous American taxpayers foot the bill for McCain's healthcare. I wonder why they are not generous enough to foot the bill for the healthcare of others.
+2 # jrobbie 2017-07-16 12:08
Hey, Mitch is looking for a way out. Not to worry, Old John McCain is 'OK' and is being driven back to DC via an Ox cart. No need to rush. Perhaps by the time Ol' John gets back to DC, the Senate's summer recess will have started and Mitch Et Al can rest easy and IMPEACH the Constitutional Traitors. Really??
+4 # Blackjack 2017-07-16 12:24
Good old McCain fell on his sword for the party, giving it time to bribe those who are holding out on voting for the healthcare monstrosity that it has created. It also throws into the mix uncertainty about when the vote will occur, keeping Dems squirming while they try to decide on the timing of the kinds of pushback they will focus on. Keep the world off balance! They are learning well from the Liar-in-Chief-- as though they needed any help!
+7 # politicfix 2017-07-16 12:41
If McConnell is so anxious to pass healthcare for millions of Americans, perhaps the Congress should be the test case to see how it works before thrusting it on those millions of Americans. John McCain can't even remember how many houses he has let alone remember what it's like to pay a hospital bill. He should stand as an advocate of his healthcare and insist that all Americans be given that same benefit. Congress should receive the same benefit that they vote for.
+2 # ReconFire 2017-07-16 15:34
I'll expect McConnell to do the same for Dems. if they have surgery during future votes.
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-07-17 06:37
don't hold your breath.
0 # politicfix 2017-07-18 06:53
Attention John McCain: It should be mandatory that Senators be given and aptitude test when they display incoherent questioning in hearings to appoint any President's pick for a position.

The upper echelon of the GOP majority work for the sole interest of the international financiers,not for the people, and certainly not in the best interest of our country. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and their subordinates that follow them, are this country's very own Congressional "axis of evil". They're touts for the international financiers who control the wealth in this country and the world. They do not work for the people, or our country. They do not support our Constitution. GW Bush once said, "The Constitution is just a GD sheet of paper." No, Mr. Bush. It is the "law of the land". That's why the people are banning together to resist this prosaic wealth domination. Our Congress is full of multi-millionai res & billionaires to eliminate the middle class which was the backbone of our democracy. Look how much the majority of American's have lost under Republican domination and how much more they want to take away. These touts are not the majority in this country and they can be ousted by educated interested Americans who are willing to fight for their rights. When the words and actions don't match you have to believe the actions. They're actions are unscrupulous.

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