President Obama in my view made a serious mistake when he pushed through the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote. But moderates have anxious it will cause people with serious illnesses to lose coverage, and some conservatives say it doesn't go far enough.
With McConnell's health care legislation, which already relies on the Senator without exchange of votes, McCain's absence would mean that the majority leader would not be able to round off the needed votes to move forward, CNBC News reported.
The survey shows that only 59 percent of Republican voters support the GOP bill, while 11 percent support Obamacare. She said this kind of variation is completely normal in the United States, and that an uninsured American would be "very fortunate" to pay that Medicare amount for the bill. "Clearly, the draft plan is dead". "There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he'll be back with us soon", McConnell said.
She said on This Week that she is also concerned about the bill's giving insurers the option of offering bare-bones health plans.
A vote on the revised bill is not expected this week as McCain's office on Saturday said the longtime Arizona senator would be recovering in his home state for the following week. His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went "very well" and he is in good spirits. Democrats have ruled out negotiating with Republicans unless they work to fix the law, not repeal it.
President Donald Trump, after wishing Republican Sen.
The development puts the GOP leadership's bid to repeal and replace Obamacare in crisis. "Now they finally have their chance!", Trump said in a tweet.
No one wants to be the deciding vote to kill a bill, but if one member does publicly become the deciding vote, others may follow.
And other senators who have yet to declare could also end up voting against the bill.
There are 52 Republican senators.
There is little institutional support for the bill, and even less for an amendment introduced by Senator Ted Cruz that would allow insurers to offer bare-bones plans.
The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, responded to the announcements by urging his Republican colleagues to begin anew and, this time, to undertake a bipartisan effort.
But his proposal has limited appeal to Republican moderates such as Grassley, who told Iowa Public Radio that it may be "subterfuge to get around pre-existing conditions".