Early Friday Morning, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) cast a crucial vote that killed the Senate Republican ObamaCare repeal bill.
Before voting, nobody was sure what position McCain would be taking on the matter. McCain simply told reporters to “wait for the show.”
McCain’s vote certainly surprised many Republicans. Senator Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) said that he thought McCain was in favor of the legislation.
Senator Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) reported, “I’m shocked at this.”
McCain’s “surprise” vote was the one that finally killed the Senate GOP’s hopes of eliminating former President Obama’s signature legislation, for the time being.
Soon after midnight, McCain was joined by Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in voting against the repeal bill.
When asked why he took this position, McCain said that he didn’t believe the bill would “actually reform our health care system.”
Check out the following video to watch McCain vote “no” on the ObamaCare repeal…
After his vote, McCain reflected on his decision by saying, “While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens.”
McCain reinforced that he has repeated time and time again that one of ObamaCare’s biggest flaws is that it was “rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote.”
He continued, “We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing, and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace.”
McCain finished by summarizing the steps that he believes need to made in order to produce an effective, affordable health care plan.
He said, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”
Credit: The Hill