Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Monday that Congress should “return to regular order” in creating a replacement for Obamacare. “One of the major problems with Obamacare was that it was written on a strict party-line basis and driven through Congress without a single Republican vote. As this law continues to crumble in Arizona and states across the country, we must not repeat the original mistakes that led to Obamacare’s failure,” he said in a statement. Senator McCain is in Arizona recovering from surgery.
“The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation’s governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.”
McCain’s statement is in response to GOP Senators Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) announcing on Monday that they will not support the Republican health care bill which would repeal and replace Obamacare. Their opposition effectively caused the collapse of the GOP plan. Republicans are now well short of the votes they would need to pass their legislation.
This latest major setback for the Republican Party came just after a vote had to be delayed because of McCain’s surprise announcement that he was having surgery. The Arizona senator said that he would spend a week in his home state recovering from the procedure. As a result, it deprived McConnell of the possibility of the simple majority needed in the Senate.
Do you think McCain is right? Should the senate “return to regular order” so they do not repeat the process that caused the Obamacare failure?
Credit: The Hill