Health care battle: Optimistic a bill will be passed, says fmr. HHS Secretary

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Sen. McCain gave a historic address, fmr. HHS secretary says

Former Health & Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt on Sen. McCain’s (R-Ariz.) speech on the Senate floor and how the GOP should mold the health care bill.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Tuesday he is confident that a health care bill will be passed through the Senate.

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“I still have some optimism that a bill will be passed. I think this is an incremental step in a much longer health care struggle,” he said to FOX Business’ Liz Claman.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted on a motion to allow them to debate the House GOP health care bill on the Senate floor.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who recently was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, returned to the Senate floor following surgery to talk about the health care legislation.

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Leavitt said McCain’s speech was “historic” and spoke to both parties about making sure well-being of the American people comes first. He added that it should inspire senators to pass a successful health care bill.

“It was the perfect message at the right moment and I hope it was well heard,” he said.

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