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Hoyer to CNN: Ironic That McCain Returns For Healthcare Vote

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 02:26 PM

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said it was ironic that Sen. John McCain has returned to the Senate for a vote concerning healthcare.

Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday, Hoyer said McCain "has a very severe health problem, and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell's bill would — perhaps not for Sen. McCain, or for me or for others — but would put at risk such people who have such a serious illness."

McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, is returning to participate in a procedural vote that would permit debate to begin on the healthcare reform bill passed by the House in May, The Hill reported.

It is unclear if the Republicans have the 50 votes needed to overcome the procedural hurdle.

When asked by CNN's Chris Cuomo about President Donald Trump's charge that the Democrats have been obstructionists in the debate over healthcare, Hoyer said that the president promised to "offer a bill that gives everybody insurance at lower cost and better quality.

"Mr. President, where is your bill? We haven't seen it yet. All we have seen are bills which the CBO says are going to knock millions of people off their insurance. Put at risk people getting insurance who have pre-existing conditions, put an age tax on seniors, and undercut very, very badly Medicaid."

Hoyer said Democrats were now more confident, despite GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, that Obamacare can be reformed and not repealed, because although it "was underwater last year, it is now a majority of the public that not only supports the ACA, but 75 percent of the public says, make it work better, don't undermine it. "

The Maryland congressman said this is the reason that "McConnell has not been able to get the 50 votes he needs, because there are so many senators from many states who expanded Medicaid and don't want to see that jettisoned, and who believe that the provisions in the McConnell bill, the so-called replacement bill, will be very hard to millions of people around the country."

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