He’s a bonafide war hero, and he just saved another comrade. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would likely have taken most of the heat for his party’s inability to pass a bill repealing Obamacare, but McConnell’s colleagues are not blaming him for the failure.
The spotlight of blame is squarely focused on the 3rd Senator to vote “no” on the bill in a last minute decision – Senator and war hero, John McCain of Arizona. His surprising vote joined with Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the three votes against McConnell’s legislation were enough to kill the measure.
President Trump slammed the three senators on his Twitter account minutes after the vote took place.“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, then deal. Watch!” he tweeted early Friday morning.
McCain had this to say in a statement from his office, “From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. While the bill would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens,” the statement concluded.
McCain did not like the pace with which the bill came to the floor. McConnell pushed the bill to a vote early, forcing the bill to bypass the committee hearings a bill goes through before it gets to a vote. This meant that key lawmakers did not know the specifics of the bill they were considering.
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah criticized the way the bill came to a vote. The Utah senator was on the working group that was supposed to write the bill, but he had not seen the full text of it before the vote.
But most Republicans have been lenient with their criticism of McConnell, “McConnell needed to pitch a perfect game in order to pass healthcare,” an unnamed lawmaker said. “Unfortunately, he pitched a two-hitter.”
McCain seems to have saved his comrade from the fire of blame. Do you think that McCain should carry the weight of this GOP failure?
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