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Americans share their ACA success stories with John McCain before he votes on health care reform

Sen. John McCain is returning to Washington Tuesday to provide a pivotal vote on health care reform. The maverick senator was diagnosed with brain cancer just five days ago, but he apparently got approval from doctors to make the trip back to Congress.

The fate of the Affordable Healthcare Act could rest on the shoulders of the Arizona Republican, and Americans from all over the country are pleading with the senator to protect their health insurance.

McCain tweeted late Monday that he “looks forward” to returning to the Senate to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform.

This tweet provided an open invitation for Twitter users to voice their concerns about Obamacare repeal.

It is not clear what health care bill the Senate will be voting on Tuesday, let alone which side McCain will choose in the debate. McCain has been a vocal critic of the ACA, but everyone in the health care industry agrees that the GOP has not come up with a better alternative.

As of Tuesday morning, the GOP’s heath care bill looks to be hanging on by a thread. Sen. Susan Collins has indicated she will vote no on the motion to proceed with the bill, but two other Republican senators must join her in order to block the legislation.

Meanwhile, interests groups representing a variety of backgrounds are trying desperately to kill ACA repeal. Thousands of Catholic nuns signed a letter this week urging senators to vote “no” on the GOP’s health care bill. Every major patients’ rights group took out a full-page ad in The New York Times Monday to also call on senators to vote against Obamacare repeal.

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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