Well, by now why would anyone think he’d do anything else?
McCain does what’s politically correct, and voting for any bill that gets at the heart of Obamacare would not be the right thing to do in the eyes of the media and the elites in Washington, D.C. — not to mention the Hollywood crowd.
So he killed the previous repeal bill in July (the “skinny” repeal) and became a media darling — and he’s at it again.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday said he “cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham Cassidy proposal.
McCain is one of four Republican senators who have been undecided on the GOP healthcare overhaul, and his opposition dealt the bill’s
chances a significant blow.
Also on Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she is leaning toward voting no on Graham Cassidy. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has already expressed his opposition to the bill, which he said didn’t fully repeal the Affordable Care Act.
If all three of these votes are nays, the bill would not pass. Republicans have until Sept. 30 to pass a health care bill with a simple majority. After that, they will need 60 votes, a nearly impossible threshold to meet.
On Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also said she will likely vote no; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul remains adamant that this repeal of the Affordable Care Act isn’t good enough.
Maybe not — but with moderates John McCain, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in the party, it can’t afford to lose a single conservative vote.
If Republicans can’t repeal the Affordable Care Act despite controlling both houses of Congress, they’ll be breaking a promise they’ve been making since Obamacare was passed in 2010. That could sting them in the mid-term elections.
Oh, and things will only get harder come October — when they’ll need 10 more votes to repeal Obama’s hated program.
[NOTE: This post was written by Joe Vidueira.]