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Pence Is Still Confident Obamacare Repeal Will Pass Even After McCain Likely Doomed It

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Vice President Mike Pence appears to not have been notified of important legislative developments before a speech he delivered Friday.

Hours after Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain likely killed passage of the Graham-Cassidy health care reform, Pence said that it’s “good news” the Senate is close to passing the legislation.

Sen. McCain became the second GOP senator to say he wouldn’t vote for the bill that seeks to repeal Obamacare. The Republicans could only afford to lose two votes in their party, and Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Friday she is leaning towards voting “no” on the legislation.

“Everyday Obamacare survives is another day America struggles,” Pence said at a speech in Anderson, Indiana hours after McCain’s “no” vote announcement. “The good news is the Senate is close to moving forward with legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare as we speak.”

“President Trump and I firmly believe that the Graham-Cassidy bill is the right bill at the right time repeal and replace Obamacare,” Pence continued.

Republicans have continuously struggled to repeal Obamacare, which was a campaign promise of President Trump and lawmakers.

Correction: Susan Collins is a senator from Maine, not Alaska.