Sen. John McCain’s absence has left the Senate with no timetable for a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, but some Republicans doubt the proposed health care bill has the votes to pass even with the upper chamber at full strength.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, indefinitely postponed a vote planned for this week to give Mr. McCain time to recover from a procedure to remove a blood clot above his eye.
“There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he’ll be back with us soon,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement Saturday. “While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.”
A pathology report to determine how long Mr. McCain’s recovery will take is expected in the coming days. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic said the senator’s surgery was successful and he is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.
Two Republicans, conservative Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and centrist Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine, have come out publicly against the health care bill. With a 52-seat majority and Democrats unanimously lined up against the legislation, Republicans cannot afford another defection.
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