Sen. John McCain announced Friday in a statement that he can not “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.
Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen and Tom MacArthur, the two Republicans from New Jersey who voted in favor of that bill, have not said whether they support the Cassidy-Graham proposal.
“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried”, the senator said in a statement.
Jimmy Kimmel, who has been urging viewers to put pressure on lawmakers to oppose the legislation, thanked McCain shortly after his announcement. He tweeted, “Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for being a hero again and again and now AGAIN”. It would repeal the financing for Obama’s health insurance expansion and create a big pot of money states could tap to set up their own programs, with less federal oversight. But insurers, doctors, and health administrators all have criticized the bill as undermining the financial stability of the health care system.
The senator said he could not “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”. Leadership can only lose two GOP votes to successfully send the measure back to the lower chamber.
Surprise! If it manages to pass despite Sen. “Defeating this bill does nothing for the American people or the people of CT, however, unless both the House and Senate get back to regular order and crafting bipartisan fixes to the ACA”.
Why is McCain voting against the bill? On Twitter, Pence called the Republican proposal “the right bill at the right time” and said he and President Donald Trump are “undeterred” even though “opposition is forming up”.
State-by-state impacts from Graham-Cassidy would vary, the Axios news website reported on Friday, citing a study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the unit of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicaid and the Obamacare program.
“John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator”, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Obamacare’s open enrollment period for coverage in 2018 kicks off on November 1 amid continued uncertainty over the future of funding provided to insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs to low-income consumers.
It is the second time in two months that he has defied his party and President Donald Trump over efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare”, which has always been in Republicans’ sights.
He added that the GOP majority in Congress wasn’t elected to save Obamacare, but instead to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.