Saturday, June 22, 2024

GOP’s Desperation Obamacare Repeal Bill All but Dead with McCain’s NO Vote

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JSen. John McCain talks with reporters as he walks to a meeting.

Once again, the Republicans are showing they don’t know diddly about governing, even with control of both houses of Congress and the White House. And once again, they are on the verge of being on the losing end of trying kill Obamacare for the umpteenth time.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” Arizona Senator John McCain said in a statement, referring to the bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”

If you remember, McCain was the decisive vote against the GOP’s last repeal effort, this past July. And now once again, the 81-year-old senator, battling brain cancer in the twilight of a remarkable career, has come out to kill his own party’s signature promise to voters, reports the AP via MSN News.

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President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had both been pushing hard for the bill in recent days, and McCain’s best friend in the Senate, Graham, was an author. Trump declared during the presidential campaign that he would quickly demolish Obamacare and “it will be easy.”

McCain’s announcement likely leaves GOP leaders at least one vote short for the bill, which they had hoped to bring to the floor next week. They face a Sept. 30 deadline for action on the legislation, at which point special rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster will expire.

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Democrats of course are on record as being unanimously opposed to any legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Also, GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced his opposition and GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Friday she, too, was leaning against supporting the bill.

The AP story points out that with McCain voting no, that would leave Republicans with only 49 votes for the bill; they would need 50, plus Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie, in order to prevail.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s law, replacing them with block grants to states to design their own programs.

The bill is so unpopular, that a consensus of doctors and major medical groups are even opposed, saying millions would lose insurance coverage and protections.

Needless to say, the orange a-hole in the White House is not gonna be happy about this, which we believe will make John McCain very happy. 🙂

 

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