Sen. John McCain, a failed presidential candidate who has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump, says the replacement bill for Obamacare will probably fail in the Senate — and thus, fall apart altogether.
“My view is that it’s probably going to be dead,” McCain, said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” McCain said Senate Republicans will need to work with Democrats to create a new healthcare bill.
Trump, meanwhile, was making a hard push for his Obamacare replacement bill as the Senate returns to work.
Trump even went so far as to retweet a Hollywood actor on health care.
The president has vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, but as many as 10 Senate Republicans have voiced doubt as to whether the bill the House approved in May is the right path to do so. Democrats, the new “party of no,” are unified in opposition.
The Republicans’ Senate bill does not repeal 2010 Affordable Care Act, the legacy legislation from President Barack Obama, but does do away with much of its government funding, kills Obamacare taxes and slows the growth of Medicaid.
Other Republican senators echoed McCain’s view on Sunday.
“Clearly, the draft plan is dead,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said on Fox News, adding that it is currently being rewritten. “Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don’t know. I’ve not seen the serious rewrite plan.”