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Republican leaders had said they wanted to vote on the bill or at least to take the procedural steps toward a vote. McConnell has already said that he will be delaying the Senate's August recess by two weeks in order to work on the bill. The removal involved a "minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision", the hospital said.

"On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week", according to a statement from his office, which said he's at his home.

But this week will give senators extra time on nominations and to consider government spending bills and a debt ceiling increase, the deadline for which is now October. McConnell said at the time that more time was needed to complete action on legislative items. A revised version of the bill he released earlier this week quickly drew two firm no votes - Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME - leaving the Kentucky Republican with no margin of error.

The other "no" vote, Collins, is against the bill for the opposite reason - it goes too far to undo ObamaCare protections that help vulnerable populations. McCain has not revealed how he plans to vote on the bill but has expressed concerns about it in its current form, particularly in regard to how it was written: by McConnell, behind closed doors.

"I think this bill has actually gotten much better as a result of the discussions we've had amongst ourselves", Cornyn said. McConnell can only lose two of his own senators, and still be able to pass the bill because a 50-50 tie means Vice President Mike Pence casts the deciding vote.

The future of the Republicans' health care bill is once again in peril this week after Sen.

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Paul explained that he can't now support the Senate's health care bill because it keeps the heart of Obamacare alive, which Paul called the bill's "fundamental flaw".

Subsequently, healthy individuals and families would opt for non-Obamacare-regulated plans while sicker families would find coverage under the more expensive Obamacare-complying plans, leaving those who need the most adequate health care with unreasonably expensive coverage.

Last week, Senate Republicans released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Congressional Budget Office report is set to be released in the near future.

That threatens to alienate moderates and perhaps other conservatives.

There have been additional concerns about McCain's health recently.

"Arizona has been nationally recognized for running one of the most efficient and cost-effective Medicaid programs in the country", McCain said in a statement. The first attempt failed in June, as Republicans lacked the votes to pass their bill.

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