U.S. Senate delays healthcare vote as Senator McCain recovers from surgery
McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.
McConnell needs 50 "yes" votes for passage in a chamber the Republicans control by a 52-48 margin.
"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," McConnell said in a statement.
The announcement came after McCain's office said he would remain in Arizona next week following a procedure to remove a 2-inch (5-cm) blood clot from above his left eye. ■