30 July, 2017
John McCain sent shockwaves through the Senate early Friday morning when he cast the deciding vote rejecting the GOP's heath care effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, announced Friday in a separate statement that he was returning to Arizona to begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
"We have so much work still to do, and the House will continue to focus on issues that are important to the American people".
Even as the vote approached, numerous Republicans acknowledged that the "skinny bill" was far from flawless, and were voting for it only as a way to move forward toward a conference with the House - which would have kicked off another negotiation. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins- broke ranks with their party and voted no on the bill, killing it from moving forward.
Now, 13 years after Hastert's offensive abrogation of Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment (never speak ill of a fellow Republican), the House GOP is livid with McCain once again.
"The so-called "skinny repeal" amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals".
McCain joined two other Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME (left) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (right) - and 48 Democrats to narrowly defeat the "skinny repeal" that would have undone much of the Affordable Care Act. But they failed to come up with a consensus plan to replace it despite holding all the power in Washington.
"The defeat of the Senate health care repeal effort is a victory for Americans and a testament to the power of activism". "If we don't stop them, they'll strip health coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions". Community Health Systems Inc edged up 0.2 percent, HCA Healthcare Inc gained 0.6 percent and Tenet Healthcare Corp fell 2.3 percent. They wanted an assurance that the Senate bill, which Graham called the "dumbest" legislation ever, would just be a starting point for negotiations between the chambers. July 28th is the last day before the House of Representatives' recess, which is why the Senate was up at 1:30 a.m. trying to pass Obamacare repeal at the last minute. The status quo is pretty good.
His morning tweet is puzzling, since the Republican majority failed to even reach 51 votes to overhaul the nation's health care laws.
This is all to say, Obamacare repeal is dead now.
With a decisive thumbs-down, McCain sunk the "skinny repeal" effort.
His words infuriated House Republicans, many of whom saw him as insufficiently patriotic to the GOP cause and some of whom liked to whisper that his ordeal as a prisoner of war in Vietnam wasn't all that bad. Cole said that "unless the Senate does something", there is nothing further the House can do on that front. But McCain has faced down tougher foes than his Republican colleagues - in the political arena and in life-or-death situations.
"The other members of our delegation, and especially the Republicans, have seen the polling numbers on how people felt about the Republican bill", he said.
Brooks said, "If they're going to quit, well then, maybe by God they ought to start at the top with Mitch McConnell leaving his position".
Health insurers have until September to finalize their 2018 health plans in many Obamacare marketplaces. Anthem Inc, which has already left three of the 14 states where it sells Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, said this week it might pull out of more.
The Senate has 52 Republican senators and 48 Democrats and independents who vote, or caucus, together.
"I am prepared to do just that", he said on Twitter.