Latest Senate GOP health-care plan gets mixed reviews in California

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"On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week". The recovery time from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks.

McCain's office acknowledged in a statement that he would remain in Arizona: "Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff".

Following the surgery, McCain sang the Mayo Clinic's praises for the "excellent treatment" he received at the hospital. Recent polling shows that Obamacare is more popular than the Senate G.O.P. alternative by a 2-1 margin, and the more information that comes out about the Republican plan-including the potential for an amendment, pushed by Senator Ted Cruz, that would raise premiums for people with pre-existing conditions-the more that gap widens.

The cause of the clot has not been disclosed at this point, but there are several factors that could contribute or create the issue. Doctors frequently conduct cancer tests after a clot.

McCain, 80, is a three-time survivor of melanoma. An eyebrow incision is not a big deal, explained CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, but the bone was opened to gain access to the brain, Gupta explained on CNN's New Day Monday.

"As far as I can tell, the new bill is the same as the old bill", Paul said during a conference call with reporters July 12.

"We're willing to do what we can to shore up the system now, to stabilize it to make health care available to people now, but we want reforms to go along with it", he said. "The good news is that five centimeters is a sizable blood clot, but in the frontal lobe, it should be well tolerated and hopefully he won't have any neurologic deficits".

Usually, a blood clot like this is discovered when patients have symptoms, whether it's a seizure or headaches or weakness or speech difficulties.

Following a routine annual physical, Sen.

McCain's surgery does not appear to have been major and it seems as though he will be able to return to Washington by some time next week. At a meeting Saturday morning with governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, worked to undermine that report and a forthcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office showing the legislation's cost and insurance impact.

House Republicans are giving their Senate colleagues some space to get their health care bill through, but there are already some concerns surfacing about the changes to the bill that could be made through the amendment process and whether they could support the final product. Already, two GOP senators-Susan Collins from ME and Rand Paul from Kentucky-have pledged not to vote for the new bill, and McConnell can't afford to lose any more senators, including McCain, to pass the bill.

Republican Senator Rand Paul also reiterated his opposition to the bill, which he described as "terrible" because it retained numerous Obamacare taxes and subsidies.

With McConnell's health care legislation already hanging by a thread in the Senate, McCain's absence meant it would become impossible for the majority leader to round up votes needed to move the bill forward next week as planned.

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