The dramatic return of John McCain

His presence could provide an emotional lift to GOP lawmakers, who were urged by President Donald Trump on Monday to seize the moment and move on a repeal of Obamacare.

I hope John McCain won't become Trumpcare's first victim.

Yet fellow Republicans took McCain's return as a positive sign for Tuesday's vote.

McCain's absence had made that equation even tougher, though given opposition to the current health care legislation from both the left and right of the party, McConnell's task still looks daunting.

The Arizona senator makes a poignant return to the Senate on Tuesday, less than a week after learning he has an aggressive form of brain cancer, just in time to boost tricky GOP vote math on the wobbling bid to replace Obamacare.

Before announcing his diagnosis of a tumor called a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, McCain had signaled he had serious doubts about the Republican health-care plan.

'I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!' tweeted the six-term Republican senator, who ran for president in 2008. "Repeal or Repeal & Replace!" And at this moment - 24 hours or so before they vote - they have no idea what the bill contains.

"We can't wait until the 2018 election waiting around to accomplish the Trump agenda, to secure the border and stop illegal immigration and repeal Obamacare and fix the economy and fix the veterans administration", she said.

Michael Berens, deputy director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute who has studied glioblastoma for 30 years, said patients who get the cancer and undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy live on average 16 to 18 months.

McConnell is nursing a slim 52-48 majority, making McCain's return crucial.

Beyond the motion to proceed vote and the ensuing debate, no one is quite sure - not even Republicans - what of substance the GOP will try to pass to overhaul health care, which affects one-sixth of the us economy.

"I want to get it on the record that never, never did I say or was the intent behind what I had to say that John McCain should step down and I should take his seat", she said. I hate to tell you.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of the GOP leadership team, said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the plan is to hold a procedural vote on whether to bring the House-passed health bill to the floor. [People] like her aren't welcome in the US Sen, ' Manchin said.

McConnell's measure would uproot much of Obama's law, eliminating its tax penalties on people not buying policies, cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and providing less generous health care subsidies for consumers.

  • Jon Douglas