>> State control of healthcare will work.>> Republicans in Washington mounting a last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare. And once again, all eyes are on Arizona Senator John McCain.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Republicans are making one final run at trying to rollback former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, regrouping after their earlier effort failed in July.
You might remember that dramatic late-night vote when McCain, battling brain cancer, flew in from Arizona to deliver the thumbs down.>> No.>>
>> He argued at the time that his party needed to work with Democrats to come up with a better solution. Now Republicans again are mounting a repeal vote, and McCain again could determine whether it succeeds or fails.
This time McCain will have to make a choice between some of his closest allies in politics and the principles that he outlined in July. On the one side, there's South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, McCain's best buddy in Washington, along with Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy. He's come up with a plan that would give states greater control over how hundreds of billions of dollars are spent each year as it rolls back other central elements of Obamacare.
>> We are getting nothing done, my friends.>> On the other hand, there's the principle of the thing. Back in July, McCain said Congress shouldn't rush through such an important vote on a strictly partisan basis, calling for a bottom-up process that involves both sides of the aisle. Like the earlier repeal effort, the Cassidy-Graham plan would cut back Medicaid money for the poor and allow insurers to raise premiums for the elderly and those who are already sick.
Major medical groups and senior groups coming up against the plan.>> It is better than the status quo, by far.>> Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell saying on Tuesday that he's ready to move quickly, but declining to say whether he will in fact bring it up for a vote.
A sign that he doesn't yet have the support he needs. With Democrats lined up against it, Republicans can't afford to lose more than two votes from their side if this bill's gonna pass. Rand Paul from Kentucky has already said he's a no. And there's other skeptics as well, such as Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
But all eyes at this point are on McCain. He's yet again at the center of the storm. And so far, he is not tipping his hand.