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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed a procedural vote after Republican Senator John McCain had an operation Saturday to remove a blood clot above his left eye and announced he would remain in his home state of Arizona for a week to recover.

With both in opposition to the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford only one more "no" vote to get the 50 "yes" votes he needs to pass the bill.

His office said the clot was discovered during an annual physical and removed Friday at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

The pressure is on Lee and the handful of other Republican holdouts on the bill meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, because Senate leaders can afford to lose only one more GOP vote.

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The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said the senator is in good condition and is resting at home. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have already said that they will vote against the BCRA along with all the Democrats, meaning that at most 50 senators will vote for the bill and Mike Pence, as Vice President, would break the tie in favor of the bill.

Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky are against it, and others have expressed concern. Paul, much more conservative, said that he wanted the bill to go much further in dismantling the ACA, also commonly referred to as Obamacare.

At least two Republicans - Sens. McConnell is under increasing pressure to ditch the amendments offered by Senator Ted Cruz that throw out numerous "mandated" coverages that insurance companies are forced to offer with every Obamacare policy.

The repeal and replace of Obamacare was a major promise of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and it has always been the dream of Republicans in the house to see the end of a bill they agonised over for many years.

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"I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain", Sen.

"The current system is bad", Paul said on Fox News Sunday. He later blamed the way he acted on staying up late to watch his Arizona Diamondbacks play.

The vote is being delayed because Sen.

The delay will also give more time for opponents to mobilize and lobby against the bill.

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McCain, 80, who spent six years as a prisoner of war in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, is the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona and serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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