Healthcare

John McCain Says He Won’t Vote for Graham-Cassidy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Senator John McCain has just announced that he will not vote for the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill that threatens to kick over 30 million people off their health care.

McCain says he cannot vote for the bill because there's been no CBO score, no amendments, and no committee review of the proposal.

Here's his statement:


I'm not going to say it's "dead" because it won't truly be dead until the beginning of the next fiscal year which begins at midnight on October 1st. After that deadline, the GOP will no longer be able to use reconciliation to quickly ram through their bill with just 50 votes.

Right now, it looks like the Graham-Cassidy bill will be opposed by Senators McCain, Collins, Murkowski and Paul, which is 1 more than is needed to prevent it from passing. It's possible 1 or 2 other senators will come out against the bill now that McCain has given them cover to do so, but it's not over until Mitch McConnell sings.

With all of that said, you should still contact your senators and representatives wherever applicable to oppose the bill.

  • muselet

    This is good news, I guess, but I’m not going to cheer until John McCain actually votes against Graham-Cassidy. Until then, I consider his position unknown (will he live up to his carefully-maintained maverick image or fall in line as usual?).

    I consider the other Rs’ position unknown, as well, in case anyone thinks I’m picking on McCain.

    –alopecia

  • It’s about time McCain said something. I wasn’t sure he would say no to this. I’ve lost trust in him from all the hypocrisy over the years.

  • Yeah, I trust Rand Paul about as much as he cares about people other than himself. And they told Murkowski Alaska could keep Obamacare to bribe her into voting yes. I’m hopeful and this is great news, but not counting out Zombie Trumpcare just yet.

    • JMAshby

      I don’t think that’s going to work on Murkowski because the state would lose money even with the rumored carve out and the carve out would probably be unconstitutional anyway. But, as you say, we’ll see. It’s not over until it’s over.

      • Badgerite

        It is one thing to discriminate in terms of federal revenues based on a states declining to agree to participate in particular federal program designed to further the country’s general welfare. A decision that is within the states power to alter and thereby also receive that benefit. It is something else again to discriminate in terms of federal revenues and application of federal laws based on nothing other than to punish or reward to acquire a particular vote on legislation. That has to violate all sorts of Constitutional principles not to mention an express clause of the federal taxing power that requires uniformity of application among the states. How does that square with taxing other states to provide a benefit ( the ACA) to one state or even a group of states and there is no policy furthered or way for the taxed states to take advantage of the federal benefit. That is a “deal” that would simply be corrupt and unconstitutional. Period.

        • JMAshby

          Yes. Much more on this on Monday. I can’t let Ron Johnson slide.

          • Badgerite

            Give ‘um hell. I have attempted to do so on his voicemail for the last couple of days. (Great work, BTW)

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      Rand Paul’s state, his constituents, would be hurt very badly by this bill. As would the whole country. I venture to hope that that might enter into Senator Paul’s consideration of how to vote on this. But we will see.
      Our health care system, on the operational level, is a regional and a national one. To try to carve it up into 50 different sets of rules will sow chaos and and a race to the bottom in terms of patient care and coverage that will damage the whole country. Kentuckians, in particular, have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act in that it has enabled healthcare coverage to a significant number of Kentuckians who had until the ACA been frozen out of the system. And for the life of me, I can’t see any reason why these Kentuckians or anyone else should be frozen out of the system of healthcare in this country. That is the purpose of a healthcare system, is it not. To provide that care to a patient when and where needed. It is a basic human and societal need. And the need doesn’t vary or alter depending on what state you live in. There are issues that are best dealt with locally, state by state. Standards of healthcare coverage and patient care is not one of them. This is an issue that is based on a universal human need to care for ourselves and our families. Those considerations are the same in terms of healthcare, no matter what state you live in. A child should not be deprived, in fact no one should be deprived, of vital medical care based on what state they live in. What’s more, as John McCain has said, there is a right way to do this and a wrong way. What the GOP is doing right now is wrong. Of all the people that Congress should be listening to right now, certainly the ones they should be listening to the most are the healthcare industry, patient advocacy groups and the insurance industry. They are the ones who can tell you what the effects of this will be on the public. I don’t know of any of these that have been consulted or who support this. That isn’t representative government. That is issuing edicts from on high.

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