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A revised draft of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) was released Thursday, and new spending and coverage estimates from the Congressional Budget Office are expected to be released Monday.

A vote that could be scheduled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for next week might jeopardize the second version of the Republican's revised bill to repeal and replace Obamacare with McCain in recovery.

"AARP will hold all 100 Senators accountable for their votes on this harmful health care bill".

The healthcare bill was already on rocky ground even with McCain, as many speculated whether McConnell could pull together 50 votes.

The health care vote has been delayed while Senator John McCain recovers from surgery.

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After a routine annual physical, McCain underwent a procedure Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, his office said in a news release. McConnell then 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 can not lose any others for the legislation to survive a showdown vote. In addition to two announced GOP "no" votes from moderate Susan Collins of ME and conservative Rand Paul of Kentucky, there were at least a half-dozen other Republican senators who were withholding support from or expressing reservations about the bill McConnell released Thursday. Susan Collins of Maine. "I look forward to seeing him back at work soon".

The debate should begin Tuesday or Wednesday in the chamber of the Senate by a procedural vote that will be crucial.

The Senate bill, like legislation the House passed earlier, repeals mandates requiring individuals to carry insurance and businesses to offer it, and unravels an expansion of the Medicaid program enacted under President Barack Obama's law.

The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition.

The tissue that was removed is undergoing analysis, and McCain's office says results should be available within the next several days. McCain is taking time to recover based on the advice of his doctors, the statement said.

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