Republican Senator John McCain on Friday said that he does not support the latest Obamacare repeal bill, ensuring Republicans’ last-minute effort to throw out the Affordable Care Act does not succeed.
John McCain said in a statement he cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.He said he believes Republican and Democrats could do better working together but have not yet really tried.
He added that could he support it without knowing how much it will cost and how it will affect insurance premiums as well as how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full score, which will not be available by the end of the month, there won’t be reliable answers to any of those questions raised.
Republicans needed the three votes which were cast against the bill to pass through as all Democrats oppose the bill which is called Cassidy-Graham.
Republican Senators Rand Paul, Sen. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski all voted against the repeal bill.
In his lengthy statement, John McCain said that the process has been a terrible one and suggested he was not going to support any repeal bill that is not vetted through the usual rigorous, bipartisan debate. He added that he would consider supporting a bill similar to the Graham-Cassidy bill if it were a product of extensive debates, hearings, and amendments.
Republican leaders have been rushing to try to pass the bill ― any repeal bill, really ― because their ability to pass something with 51 votes instead of 60 expires at the end of the month.
He urged leaders to allow the senators working on a bipartisan solution to health care continue their work. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have been holding hearings and trying to come up with a health care bill that both parties can support, but Republican leaders shut down their efforts in order to make way for the Cassidy-Graham bill.
Meanwhile, Democrats have hailed for his stand on the bill.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said John McCain has shown the same courage in Congress just as he did when he was a naval aviator.
The new bill is been led by McCain’s close friend Sen. Lindsey Graham and McCain agreed that this made his decision to vote against the bill more difficult.
President Trump has been seeking to fulfill one of his campaign promises of repealing and replacing Obamacare health bill.
Senator McCain’s vote was the tie-breaker needed to pass the critical bill in the last repeal effort made and he voted against the bill.