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Mitch McConnell delays health care vote as McCain recovers from eye surgery

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted on Saturday that he will delay the health care bill vote while Sen. John McCain recovers from eye surgery.

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


McCain is residing in Arizona after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye. McCain's office released a statement on his surgery and said that it went "very well" and that the senator is in "good spirits."

McCain took to Twitter to thank Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix for his treatment at their facilities.


McConnell's announcement to delay the vote comes days after Senate Republicans unveiled a revised version of their health care bill. In order for the bill to move forward it will need 50 of the 52 votes from GOP senators.

Two Republican senators, Susan Collins(R-MI) and Rand Paul(R-KY) have already announced that they will not support the revised bill.

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McCain has expressed his concerns about the revised bill on Thursday.

"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," he said in a statement."If the Senate proceeds to the revised health care bill, Senator McCain plans to file amendments that would ensure Arizona is not penalized for voters’ decision in 2000 to expand Medicaid before the Affordable Care Act was enacted."

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