Why John McCain killed ‘skinny repeal’ health care



Sen.
John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters at the Capitol as the
Republican-controlled Senate unable to fulfill their political
promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare” because of opposition
and wavering within the GOP ranks, in Washington, Thursday, July
27, 2017.

AP Photo/J. Scott
Applewhite


Senator John McCain was one of three Republican “no”
votes against the GOP health care plan early
Friday morning,
and is being hailed as the man who killed the so-called Obamacare
“skinny repeal.”

“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 said in a statement.

All 48 Democrats voted no, along with three Republican senators —
McCain, as well as Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan
Collins of Maine.

McCain had returned to Washington for the health care vote on
Tuesday, nearly a week after his office announced he had
been diagnosed with brain cancer. The Arizona senator

delivered a powerful speech
from the Senate floor Tuesday,
focusing on a need to return to a more bipartisan approach.

It appeared Republican leaders attempted to convince McCain to
change his vote before the “skinny repeal.” Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence were seen
before the vote speaking with McCain, but the senator stuck with
his “no,” effectively ending the bill.

McCain released the following statement early Friday morning:

“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repealed and replaced with a solution that increases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amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most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.”

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