“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said in a statement
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Assuming Collins is a no (which seems a good bet) and that Paul stays a no (less likely a bet), then McCain could again be the vote that kills this latest attempt to kick 32 million Americans off health insurance. We’ll believe it when we see it, of course — McCain may also have given cover for one or two Rs to bravely run away as well, now. But it’s definitely too soon to call this thing buried. Once we get to September 30, the time limit for an ACA repeal to be passed by reconciliation will pass, and then any further attempts would require 60 votes to move forward, so in eight days we can breathe a little easier.
McCain said his friendship with Graham wasn’t quite enough to overcome his belief that rewriting the nation’s healthcare system had to be done through regular order, and that he took “no pleasure” in announcing his decision to oppose it:
“The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I,” he said.
Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, and Mitch McConnell intend to keep pushing for this until either they force it through, time runs out, or they can’t get enough votes. And if they can manage to attract Donald Trump’s attention, he may push for the bill for a few minutes, too. We’re glad to see McCain make the right choice on this, but it’s no time to stop calling your Senators and telling them to vote against this, or if you’re lucky enough to be in a blue state, to tell your Democratic senators to fight until the clock runs out.
Let’s take a breather and put our feet up and you can have this as your OPEN THREAD.
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