The argument that Senate leaders and the White House have made in the final days has been: Republicans promised to repeal and replace Obamacare.
A conservative Republican from Arizona vying for a US Senate seat was blasted Saturday for calling on party colleague John McCain to resign due to his recent cancer diagnosis.
After it became clear last week there weren't sufficient votes for the Senate package to repeal and replace the ACA that McConnell negotiated, the majority leader said the Senate would instead move to a straight repeal bill like one they voted on in 2015.
In a statement released late Monday, his office said McCain "looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea".
McCain, who was treated by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, had a malignant tumor associated with a blood clot removed from behind his left eye. There's the House bill, the clean repeal bill that stands no chance of passing, and two different versions of McConnell's BCRA.
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McCain, 80, has signaled that he has no intention to step down, taking to Twitter on Thursday to vow his speedy return.
If the vote succeeds, the Senate will move on to 20 hours of debate, divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats, and unlimited amendments in what looks like would be an unpredictable floor fight between Republican factions with Democrats forcing hard votes.
One of the hosts said Ward is already "dancing" on McCain's grave, called her a "vulture" and told her she's "desperate for attention". Prior to Monday's announcement he would be back on the Hill, it was unclear how long McCain would be away from Washington.
"I got to tell you, Dr Ward".
Even then, McCain said he planned to get back to work soon. And what I said, frankly, is what I said.
McConnell's measure would uproot much of Obama's law, eliminating its tax penalties on people not buying policies, cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and providing less generous health care subsidies for consumers.