Sen. John McCain says he cannot vote for Lindsay-Graham health care bill
WASHINGTON D.C. (KUSI) — Sen. John McCain said Thursday he won’t vote for the latest effort by Republicans to repeal Obamacare because he believes Republicans and Democrats would create a better bill by working together.
The Arizona Republican said in a statement he wouldn’t back the latest health care bill without proper committee process because it would be the only way the bill might achieve “bipartisan consensus and lasting reform.”
McCain killed another Republican health care bill last July when he voted against it, to bring the count to 49-51.
Upon its failure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was time to move away from health care and focus on budget reform. The issue came back to the table when Republican Sens. Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy proposed the latest repeal-and-replace plan last month.
The Senate has until Sept. 30 to pass the Graham-Cassidy with only 50 votes. With 52 Republicans in the Senate, three "no" votes would mean the bill’s failure.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has said he would oppose the bill and Main Sen. Susan Collins says she is leaning against it.
President Donald Trump tweeted Friday those in his party that voted against the bill would be known as the “Republicans who saved Obamacare.”
Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as "the Republican who saved ObamaCare."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017