McCain opposes last-ditch GOP healthcare bill

Sen. John McCain announced his opposition Friday to the latest, last-ditch effort by the GOP to repeal and replace Obamacare, likely dooming the bill to defeat.
By Dan Taylor | Sep 26, 2017
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a statement Friday that he cannot support his party's latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

McCain's opposition likely dooms the legislation, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, since Republican senators can afford to lose only two votes.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he will not support the bill, according to a report by HuffPost. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have suggested they may vote against it.

"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," said McCain. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried."

McCain said he could not support the bill without getting a score from the Congressional Budget Office or without knowing its economic impact, how insurance premiums would be affected, and how many people would be helped or hurt.

McCain urged senators to come up with a bipartisan solution to the nation's health care, saying he hoped Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would continue their efforts to fix some of the problems with Obamacare should the partisan solution fail.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York praised McCain for his decision.

"John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator," said Schumer, in a statement. "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process."

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