John McCain just dealt the GOP’s latest healthcare bill a critical blow


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John McCain just dealt the GOP’s latest healthcare bill a critical blow

John Kerry John McCainSen. John Kerry, D-Mass. listens at left as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speak during a news conference on on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, to urge Senate approval of an international agreement for protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. AP

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican who delivered the final blow to the previous attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill Friday afternoon, dealing the legislation a potentially fatal blow.

In a statement, McCain said the lack of regular order in crafting the legislation is what pushed him away.

“I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment,” McCain said. “But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30 budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process.”

“We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009,” McCain added. “If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.”

McCain’s opposition puts the bill on the brink of defeat. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a fellow Republican, said Friday she was leaning against voting for it. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has come out strongly against the legislation. Republicans can only afford two defections for the legislation to pass.

McCain also pointed to the lack of clarity surrounding future impacts of the bill if it were to become law. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced they would not be able to provide a full estimate of the bill’s impact by the September 30 deadline in which the GOP would try to bypass the Senate’s 60-vote threshold.

The longtime Arizona lawmaker also said he believes Sens. Bill Cassidy and Linsdey Graham were making a genuine attempt to fix what he believes is a broken healthcare system, but the process by which it was being conducted was not in accordance with how the upper chamber should operate.

“I hope that in the months ahead, we can join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to arrive at a compromise solution that is acceptable to most of us, and serves the interests of Americans as best we can,” McCain said.

12 thoughts on “John McCain just dealt the GOP’s latest healthcare bill a critical blow

      1. Or they get marks against their credit…another thing, “networks” should be eliminated…not sure if this across the board but with my provider…for them to pay I must get care from “in-network” clinics/hospitals…and just because the clinic in in-network doesn’t mean the doctors are…eliminate this system

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      2. I agree with you Sir. My credit is shot because of one of the times the VA just about killed me with having me on 4x too much blood pressure meds, I was in a different state and I blacked out and busted my forehead open, I was un-conscience, taken to the nearest hospital about a 1/4 mile away. The first three days I do not remember anything of. The heart doctors said that both of my kidneys had totally stopped functioning, I had a quickly dropping blood pressure of 50/20, they said that if I had not gotten to the ER when I had that I would have been dead within 5 minutes. The total medical bills are well over $70,000, they are all on my credit report because the VA still refuses to pay them. Their excuse is that it is their opinion that I could have made it to the nearest VA about 50-60 minutes away. First, they almost killed me (again), then they ruin my credit. Their guidelines say that if it is a life or death situation that they will cover all of the medical bills if you go to a non-VA. Their ‘guidelines’ are a joke on every single person who has ever served our Nation.—I had no intention of this response being this long, but, after rereading it before I sent it to you I realize that it is a good little (totally truthful) article. If you feel like I am being honest with you, would you make a little article out of this comment and post it for your readers to see just how great the VA system treats the Veterans? Thank you either way,—ted

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      3. No honorably discharged vet should have to pay any medical bills…PERIOD…no psych bills…no physical therapy bills…ABSOLUTELY NO HEALTH BILLS…EVER…the war pigs send healthy women and men into war…use them up and toss them like a used condom…it’s been that way since Korea…all these damn “wars”…they ain’t good for nothing!!! That being said, our vets deserve lifetime care…I’ll try to post your comment in a post…not sure I can from a phone

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      4. Please don’t hold your breath waiting for the check cause it isn’t even ‘in the mail.’ Do you notice how Senator McCain uses Mayo Clinic and not his local VA Hospital? You know that because of who he is that he would get the very best of the best treatment at his VA yet he still does not use it.

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