But what that alternative is or whether there will be one is a big mystery.
"I will not vote for this bill as it is today", he said. McConnell added that they now have a "real opportunity to begin debate" and send "smarter health care solutions" to the president's desk. "And you don't hear this from the Democrats; they like to tell you just the opposite and they didn't even know the bill".
President Trump, speaking at a news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in the Rose Garden, pronounced himself "extremely happy" and predicted, "We're going to come up with a plan that's really, really wonderful for the American people". After the vote, he decried growing partisanship in the Senate and urged members to learn how "to trust each other again". If he secures enough votes to begin debate, he would then introduce an amendment changing the bill under discussion.
In the case of a bill that repeals Obamacare and provides no replacement, 32 million more people would be uninsured by 2026 as compared to current law, CBO forecast. But he acknowledged that senators should be able to know beforehand what bill they will be considering.
Even a few hours earlier, Gardner aides said the Colorado Republican still hadn't decided whether he would back it - an approach that tracks with Gardner's weekslong avoidance of a definitive position.
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But the expectation is that the vote will be close.
The 80-year-old Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare".
Republican Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted no.
After almost seven months of planning, debating and legislating, much of it behind closed doors, the Senate this week has apparently reached the moment when votes will have to be cast. He spoke on the matter Monday and tweeted some highlights of his remarks.
Trump goes on about the "unmitigated disaster" of Obamacare, but he does not care if the replacement turns out to be worse for millions of Americans.
Depending on what is actually put forward, action could be detrimental to the president's goal of repealing Obamacare. With John McCain out, they've only got 51 senators so that's an nearly impossible task from the get-go.