McCain says he’s a no on healthcare bill, but it ain’t over till Oct. 1, folks
Senator John McCain released a statement Friday that he “could not in good conscience” support the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill Senate GOP leadership is hoping to pass before the end of the month, very likely sinking its chances of becoming law, but it ain’t October 1st yet, folks.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain 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 effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”
The Arizona senator was one of a few Republicans, including Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, who sank the previous effort to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace bill, and whose support is likely to make or break the current proposed legislation. Earlier Friday, Collins also indicated she would likely not vote to pass the measure, as has Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, but that little wienie could just be bluffing.
Republicans have until September 30 to pass the bill with only 50 senators’ support, plus a deciding vote from Vice President Mike Pence.