McCain’s Surgery Will Delay Senate Votes on Health Care Bill

With John McCain’s absence, Republicans would have only 49 votes to move ahead with the legislation; all Democrats and the two independent senators oppose it.

WASHINGTON — The Senate will delay votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, announced Saturday night.Mr. McConnell said the Senate would “defer consideration” of the bill, scheduled for this week, because Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, would be absent, recovering from surgery that he had on Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye.Mr. McConnell had said that he wanted to begin debate on the bill and pass it this we...