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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain and Sen. Jack Reed, D- R.I., are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. McCain and Reed, called the reports "deeply disturbing." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

McCain said the GOP's healthcare bill is 'probably going to be dead'


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday the Senate GOP's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is "probably going to be dead."

"My view is it's probably going to be dead," McCain said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

I fear that it's going to fail.
Sen. John McCain

As support for the bill continues to erode, other lawmakers are beginning to voice their pessimism on social media. Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted saying Republicans will lose their Senate majority if the healthcare legislation isn't passed.


McCain said he believes both parties should work together to craft this piece of legislation.

The bill in its current form faces unified opposition by Democrats and several GOP lawmakers remain undecided. So far, at least 10 Republican senators have opposed the initial bill drafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).

Previously, President Donald Trump suggested repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act separately if the Senate is unable to reach an agreement.

"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" Trump previously tweeted.

Although the idea was tossed around, both the president and other GOP leaders decided months ago that the move would be politically unwise.

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