- Associated Press - Thursday, June 15, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Arizona Sen. John McCain’s Facebook Live town hall (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Sen. John McCain says the Senate’s overhaul of the Affordable Care Act is stuck in gridlock but he hopes some type of legislation gets a vote before Congress‘ Fourth of July recess.

The Arizona Republican told constituents listening to a Facebook Live town hall meeting Thursday that the House-passed version of the overhaul is getting little consideration in the upper chamber. He said if the Senate doesn’t act by June 30, a repeal becomes more of a problem.

McCain echoed Republican talking points that the current health care law is unsustainable. But he also said dealing with Medicaid expansion that was part of the law is a major problem. He said he favors giving states more latitude that will require federal money but also more state-level funding.


3 a.m.

Sen. John McCain plans to hold a town hall meeting on Facebook Live to answer questions from constituents.

The Arizona Republican’s staff confirmed that he’ll hold the virtual meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday and will be taking questions submitted via Facebook or Twitter.

Based on the questions submitted Wednesday, McCain may have a rough morning. One asked why Senate Republicans were “shrouding the health care bill in mystery” as they negotiate behind closed doors. Another questioned how McCain might express outrage at Wednesday’s shooting targeting members of Congress at a baseball practice while accepting money from the National Rifle Association.

From the right, he was asked when he would start supporting President Trump and whether there will be an investigation into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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