Senate healthcare vote presents critical test for GOP and Trump – Los Angeles Times

With a strong, last-minute push from President Trump, Senate Republicans face a pivotal vote Tuesday in their long bid to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act.

But the outcome remained in doubt, largely because senators have not even been told which of the various GOP plans will be considered.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept the process highly secretive as he tries to find a path forward amid stark opposition within his Republican majority, and no backing from Democrats. He has only two Republican votes to spare.

In a sign of the vote’s importance, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona — who was diagnosed last week with brain cancer following an operation to remove a blood clot — announced late Monday he would return to Washington in time for Tuesday’s proceeding.

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