Trump Chides McCain for Opposing GOP Healthcare Repeal Bill

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2017

At a Friday night rally, President Donald Trump berated Arizona Senator #John McCain (R) for refusing to support the Cassidy-Graham health care bill that is being promoted by Trump and the GOP leadership in the Senate.

The 81-year-old senator, who is fighting brain cancer, said he could not "in good conscience" vote for the measure, which would repeal major parts of the law and replace them with block grants to the states to tailor their own health care programs.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican who delivered the final blow to the previous attempt to overhaul the United States healthcare system, may have done the same when he came out against the GOP's latest healthcare legislation on Friday afternoon.

The GOP drive to gut the Affordable Care Act is using a dramatically short-circuited process that seeks to replace one landmark health law with another introduced just two weeks ago by Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

However, after McCain's "no", if Paul remains a "no" and Collins also declares definitively she won't vote for the bill, Republicans openly acknowledge that's the ballgame.

For the second time in two months, The 2008 Republican nominee dealt a fatal blow to his party's attempt to fix Obamacare. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, in coming out against the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill that supporters say would return control to the states - but critics say would force 32 million Americans off health care and cut billions in aid to states, including Arizona.

If it were to pass the Senate, the bill would head to the U.S. House, which passed a different Obamacare repeal bill in May. Lisa Murkowski, saying that people in her state are "angry" about the current health law.

The bill would also end the Medicaid expansion that 31 states and Washington, D.C., took advantage of under Obamacare and overhaul the funding for traditional Medicaid. "McCain has rightly noted", Brad Woodhouse, campaign director for Protect Our Care in Arizona, said in a statement.

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Earlier in July, McCain voted against the the first attempt at the repealing bill.

In a statement on Friday, Mr McCain said such a bill demands extensive hearings, debate and amendment. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski are undecided.

"I am supportive of it, but, I want our governor and Legislature to be in favor".

"It's a little tougher without McCain's vote, I'll be honest".

That McCain is well enough to play this central figure in the Republican health care efforts is a surprise to many given the gravity of his diagnosis.

On Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, also inched closer to closing the door on Graham-Cassidy, saying that she was "leaning against", the bill, according to a report from The Portland Press Herald.

"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, " Mr. McCain said.

One other Republican senator - Rand Paul - is also against the party's latest bill.

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