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Trump cites support from mystery senator in hospital for health care

WASHINGTON – Even though Senate Republicans abandoned plans for a health care vote this week, President Trump says he’s got it in the bag – though his vote tally appears to be dependent on a mysterious senator for support. 

“With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!” Trump tweeted Wednesday, one day after Senate Republicans’ last-ditch proposal to unwind the Affordable Care Act collapsed Tuesday. 

It was not immediately clear if any senators are currently in the hospital. 

While Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is undergoing cancer treatment, Trump appears to discount his support elsewhere in the tweet as McCain has opposed the plan Trump backed to repeal and replace President Obama’s health care plan

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is still recovering from gunshot wounds – but he is not a member of the Senate.

More: RIP, repeal and replace: Republicans’ last-ditch effort on health care is dead

Trump’s followup tweet protested the Senate filibuster rule.

Since the election, Republicans have been struggling to round up enough votes behind a plan to repeal and replace Obama’s health care law. Republicans are racing against the clock. After Sept. 30, the chamber’s rules change and lawmakers won’t be able to pass a new bill with just 50 votes. This is critical, since past health care efforts to overhaul health care have failed even with 52 Republicans. 

“We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60. Get rid of Filibuster Rule!” he said.

Maybe a future tweet will clear up the mystery of which senator Trump believes can turn the tide of support. 

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