Senator John McCain sent shock waves through his party, first by just showing up against his doctor’s orders, and then by casting the deciding vote on the GOP’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. When the legendary senator decided to vote “no,” the room was aghast and filled with gasps. His vote was a game changer, and he has recently explained why he torpedoed his party’s health care plan.
McCain has emphasized that what he did was “the right thing to do.” He was joined in a “no” vote by fellow party members Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME). There were also 48 Democrats who voted “no” as well.
Senator McCain has issued this statement following his Capitol Hill surprise:
“From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people.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 While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health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. The Speaker’s statement that the House would be ‘willing’ to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.”
“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. 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. 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. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”
So what does the Red Blue Divide family think of what McCain did? What are your thoughts about his explanation?
Credit: Real Time Politics