McCain’s Surgery Puts Senate Health Care Reform Bill in Doubt


U.S. Senator John McCain is “resting comfortably” after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye, a statement by a Phoenix hospital said.

Following a routine physical, the Arizona Republican had a procedure to remove the 5-centimeter clot, the Mayo Clinic statement said Friday.

“The senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition,” the statement read. “Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went ‘very well’ and he is in good spirits.”

McCain’s Senate office said in a statement that he “is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home (in Arizona) with his family.”

His doctors have advised McCain to spend next week recovering from the procedure, the statement said. While recuperating, he will most likely miss a potential vote this coming week in the Senate on the Republican health care legislation.

Senate Republicans need 50 votes to clear a procedural hurdle. They hold 52 seats in the chamber, but two senators — Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine — have already said they will not vote for the bill.

McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, was elected to the Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party presidential nominee in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.

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