Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye has put the Senate GOP’s health-care bill in limbo, with neurosurgery experts saying his recovery could take at least a week or two. McCain’s office has suggested he could be back to work within days. Without McCain’s vote, Senate Republican leaders don’t have enough votes to move ahead with debate. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of two Republicans publicly opposing the proposal to replace key elements of ObamaCare, said the delay would strengthen the opposition. “The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal,” Paul said Sunday in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation. Moderate Republicans, led by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, also are trying to galvanize opposition to the bill’s proposed cuts to Medicaid.
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