Arizona Senator John McCain cast new doubts on the Senate healthcare bill over the weekend. During an interview on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ McCain said this about the plan; “My view is it’s probably going to be dead.” Click here or on the picture below to watch a clip from the broadcast.
Senator McCain is not alone in his skepticism about the bill’s fate. From Fox News:
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” told Chris Wallace “We don’t know what the plan is. Clearly, the draft plan is dead. Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don’t know.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, signaled pessimism as well. He wrote on Twitter late Saturday that Republicans will lose their Senate majority if they don’t pass health care legislation. Grassley added the party should be “ashamed” that it hasn’t been able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Senators are returning from the July 4th recess this week and have only 14 days to try to pass the health care bill before the August recess. Despite lingering doubts about the plan, President Donald Trump sent out the following tweet early this morning.
According to Time Magazine, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said this about trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) commonly known as Obamacare, “Whether it’d be before August recess or during August recess, the president expects the Senate to fulfill the promises it made to the American people.”
Adding another layer of complexity to an already controversial fight, a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll indicated that just 17% of those surveyed approved of the proposed health care plan.
A spokesman for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Senate leadership was continuing to work with Republican senators and the CBO on the legislation, but did not comment on McCain’s remarks (that the bill is probably going to be dead) or the bill’s future.
Share your thoughts on what Senator McCain said over the weekend, the President’s challenge that Senators wouldn’t “dare to leave Washington” without a new plan, or how you see the next few weeks playing out. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) continues to believe that changes are needed, but that those changes must support the people, patients and communities of our state. Generating much-needed conversations around the important health issues facing Arizonans is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!