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McCain: Health Care Bill Won't Pass Senate In Current Form
Updated July 11, 2017 6:12 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(WASHINGTON) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is not likely to pass the upper chamber in its current form.

"My view is its probably going to be dead," McCain told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday.

Bryan Renbaum of Talk Media News reports, McCain told Face the Nation that Senate GOP leaders should make an effort to work with Democrats rather than attempt passage without trying to garner bipartisan support.

"If you shut out the adversary or the opposite party, you're going to end up the same way Obamacare did when they rammed it through with 60 votes. Only guess what? We don't have 60 votes," he explained.

McCain's comments come just days after Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told attendees at a southern Kentucky luncheon that if upper chamber Republicans cannot agree on repeal and replacement legislation, that swift action must be taken to stabilize state ACA exchanges.

Ten Senate Republicans have said they will not support the legislation in its current form. The upper chamber's 46 Democrats and two independent members also oppose the bill.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the legislation would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million within the next decade.

Senate Republicans faced significant blowback over the legislation from angry constituents at town hall meetings they attended throughout Congress' Fourth of July recess.

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

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