John McCain returns, receives standing ovation from Senate

Michele Moreno
July 27, 2017

With Democrats unified in their opposition to any attempt to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, Republicans can afford to lose only a handful of their members on a reform bill.

Revered on both sides of the aisle, the news that McCain has brain cancer cast a pall over the Capitol last week and his return is sure to provide a morale boost for colleagues in both parties.

From the very start of his administration, Trump has veered between demanding that his predecessor's health care law be repealed at once to claiming near indifference, that he would simply let the Affordable Care Act fail on its own.

U.S. President Donald Trump is turning the screws on Congress in a bid to pressure them into passing a healthcare bill before they recess in August.

The measure has moved haltingly through the Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week put off one vote because of McCain's absence.

He urged Democratic senators to work with Republicans in passing a bill, saying, "For Democrats, this vote is a chance to make up for the awful harm they have inflicted on Americans like those who are with us today". "We are getting nothing done". "All we've really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court". "We are his equals".

"Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare.every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law", said the president.

The plan is for the Senate to take a major procedural vote Tuesday afternoon to advance the bill to overhaul health care later Tuesday. Sen.

Senate floor erupts in applause as Sen. Republican leaders openly discussed the possibility of McCain's return with reporters on Monday during an evening vote.

The news is a boost to the GOP effort to overhaul the US insurance system. "I don't think that's a good approach to replacing legislation that affects millions of people". Congrats to all Rep.

"We have a lot of people who are really concerned, concerned they may lose access to healthcare or anxious it may become so expensive they have to choose between going to the doctor or falling into huge debt", Hannah Taube with Oregon Working Families said.

The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. And we paid him to do it.

McCain has not said how he would vote.

"The only way they (Republicans) are going to get voted out of power, in terms of being a majority, is if they don't get things done", the expert said.

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