Trump is not taking it easy on John McCain. After the latest Republican health care bill slipped through the cracks. President Trump has dropped this bombshell on John McCain, who refused to vote on the bill.
“A few of the many clips of John McCain talking about Repealing & Replacing O’Care,” Trump said in the tweet below. “My oh my has he changed-complete turn from years of talk!”
McCain and three other Senators opposed the bill this Monday night and the bill is expecting to die quickly because of it. Republicans are messing up. They can’t fix anything. They can only pass the bill with two GOP votes – without any Democrat support.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has also announced this morning that he will be voting against the bill.
Trump is very upset that McCain is sinking everything he does in order to get back at him. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Sen. John McCain announced Friday in a statement that he cannot “in good conscience” vote for the GOP’s latest plan to overhaul Obamacare, likely ending Republicans’ latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” the Arizona Republican said in a statement. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will (affect) insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”
McCain’s “no” vote means it is likely Republicans won’t be able to repeal and replace Obamacare before September 30, as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he would not back Graham-Cassidy and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has said she is leaning “no” on the proposal. But there are still questions as to where Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is at the moment. It’s also unclear if senators on the fence would support a procedural motion on the bill even if they decide they are against Graham-Cassidy in the end.
McCain was one of three most-watched members on the fence and considered a key vote on the bill. Without his support, Republicans would need to get Murkowski as well as Collins to sign on. It’s unlikely considering the fact that Collins said Friday afternoon that she was leaning against the bill and had key concerns that the legislation did not do enough to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions.
“I’m leaning against the bill,” Collins said Friday at a Portland, Maine, event, according to The Portland Press Herald.
A Republican aide involved in the process said Friday afternoon that GOP leaders are at the “evaluating options” stage right now.
The aide added, “I’m not breaking news telling you this isn’t good.”
Paul, the only other Republican other than McCain who has so far definitively come out against Graham-Cassidy, is “unlikely” to change his mind even if changes are made to the bill, his spokesman Sergio Gor..
McCain’s announcement comes despite that one of the bill’s key sponsors — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is a close confidant. The thinking was if anyone could convince McCain to vote “yes,” it would be Graham.
“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it,” McCain said. “The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.”
McCain has said for weeks that he would not support health care legislation that had not gone through “regular order,” meaning Senate hearings, an amendment process and a rigorous floor debate.
Graham said he “respectfully” disagrees with McCain and will “press on” with his legislation.
“My friendship with John McCain is not based on how he votes but respect for how he’s lived his life and the person he is,” Graham said in a statement and on Twitter, adding later, “I feel an obligation to fix this disaster and intend to push forward for state-centric health care versus Washington-knows-best health care.”