This Friday, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain had brain surgery, in order to remove a blood clot that was situated above his left eye. Of course, the intervention forced the Senate to postpone the scheduled vote on the new health care bill, in order to allow him to recover properly.
More than a week of pause is needed
According to Business Insider, the Senator’s office just released an official statement, revealing that he will be in Arizona this week, recovering. However, it looks like McCain will need a bit more than just a few days in order to get back into shape.
Without John McCain in the Senate, it’s impossible for Majority Leader Mich McConnel to proceed with a bill revamping major parts of the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, this critical situation will eventually wait until the senator’s return.
“Usually, a blood clot in this area would be a very concerning issue,” said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, neurosurgery professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, cited by the above-mentioned source. “The recovery time from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks.”
Considering this, it’s unclear when a final decision regarding the new healthcare bill will be taken. Also, a McCain spokeswoman had no further update regarding his condition, this Monday.
The Democratic party wants hearings!
Democrats are asking Republicans to use this delay in the Senate for organizing public hearings on the new bill. All 48 members of the Democratic caucus, as well as two GOP members, oppose the legislation.
“This will allow members to hear unfiltered and unbiased analysis of how the bill will affect their states and the health and financial security of the constituents they represent,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.