Sen. John McCain To Return For Critical Health Care Vote

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John McCain - but tough talk from President Donald Trump won no new public support from skeptical GOP senators for the flagging effort that all but collapsed last week.

Flake blasted Ward's remarks in a statement to CBS News, calling McCain a hero and saying he hoped to see he colleague return soon to the Senate. "They act as though I came out with some kind of an outrageous statement about Mr. John McCain and the bad diagnosis that he received recently".

Lest you think this was an unplanned statement that she later regretted, Ward posted a statement on her website noting that McCain "owes it to the people of Arizona to step aside" when he can no longer perform his duties at the Senate.

Yet fellow Republicans took McCain's return as a positive sign for Tuesday's vote.

And it's not even a vote on a final bill. One day after McCain's brain cancer diagnosis was revealed, Kelli Ward, who ran against McCain a year ago, was already talking about the possibility of taking over his Senate seat.

Without McCain, McConnell could only afford to lose one GOP senator on the initial hurdle. Nor did it guarantee success on Tuesday's vote for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is managing a balky GOP caucus with nearly no room for error in the closely divided Senate.

It was just five days ago that John McCain, the longtime Arizona senator, two-time presidential candidate and perhaps America's most famous prisoner of war, was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer. McConnell said among them will be the 2015 Obamacare-repeal bill with a two-year delay that was vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.

Republican senators are pressing ahead on a vote Tuesday anyway, though even Republican senators aren't sure what exactly they'll be voting on.




If the Senate passes a bill that goes to conference with the House, he said, the likely compromise will be a full repeal or something close to it with "drastic cuts in Medicaid, huge tax cuts for the rich, no help for those with pre-existing conditions, and millions and millions losing health care".

McConnell encouraged senators to vote Tuesday to open what he said would be a period of "robust debate" on health care.

"I certainly hope so, because I have a proven track record in years on the state Senate of being extremely effective and of listening to the voices of people that I represent", she said.

That includes 52 Republicans and 48 senators who caucus with the Democrats.

"I would never presume to say what someone's prognosis is without having examined them".

Health care is a massive part of the economy. I hate to tell you. [People] like her aren't welcome in the US Sen, ' Manchin said.

Presumably McCain is returning to produce a desperately needed "yes" vote.

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