It seems that the bureaucratic, Democrat-created healthcare bill may not be repealed, thanks to Senator McCain (R-AZ).
The Arizona senator announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest GOP efforts to repeal the “Affordable Care Act,” which has left Republicans scrambling for other options. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not really tried yet,” McCain said in a statement.
Although McCain has claimed that his reasons are moral, many have questioned his allegiance, calling him a “RINO,” or Republican In Name Only. Unfortunately, they may have a point as this isn’t the only time that the “Republican” has blocked the GOP’s efforts to disassemble Obamacare.
He isn’t the only Republican denouncing this new Health Care Bill, however—Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, known for his libertarian views, has also stated that he would not vote for the bill. He reasons that it did not dismantle enough of the Affordable Care Act, and has urged the GOP to rework the bill so that they can pass a more complete version.
The New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law and fulfill their longstanding promise to conservative voters.
For Mr. McCain, it was a slightly less dramatic reprise of his middle-of-the-night thumbs-down that killed the last repeal effort in July. This time, the senator, battling brain cancer and confronting his best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, issued a statement saying that he could not “in good conscience” support the proposal by Senators Graham and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
McCain has urged Republicans and Democrats to “work together,” but many believe that the task will be insurmountable. Although most Americans agree that Obamacare was a failure due to the overwhelmingly anti-Republican sentiment surrounding it, many have questioned whether a completely non-partisan healthcare bill will be possible.
The Democrats have unified in opposition against the Republican attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare, meaning that Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes and it seems that this is already the case. In addition to McCain and Rand Paul opposing the bill, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has also stated that she’s “leaning against” the proposal.
For months, Mr. McCain has lamented a Senate legislative process that avoided hearings or formal bill-drafting procedures and excluded Democrats. On Friday, he said those tactics were intolerable.
“We should not be content to pass health care laws on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009,’’ Mr. McCain said. “If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do.’’
As the year unfolds, many conservative Americans are realizing that the “Republicans” that they elected into office are anything, but. Despite having a Republican majority, the GOP has not managed to get much done—and if the next four years pass without any victories for them, it may be the end of their party.
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Author: Jon Anthony