|Sen. John McCain|
Sen. John McCain has just announced he cannot “in good conscience” vote for the GOP’s latest attempt to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” the Arizona Republican said in a statement. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will (affect) insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”
McCain has said for weeks that he would not support health care legislation that had not gone through “regular order,” meaning Senate hearings, an amendment process and a rigorous floor debate.
McCain voted “no” on the last health care proposal in July for the same reason. McCain’s dramatic floor vote, which happened just weeks after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, came in the early morning and was captured as one of his most “maverick” moments in the Senate.
With Sen. Rand Paul already a “no” vote, this brings the Republican Senate majority down to only 50 “yes” votes.
Additionally, it’s looking more and more likely that Sen. Susan Collins of Maine will be the vote that kills the bill.
“I’m leaning against the bill,” Collins said Friday according to the Portland Press Herald.
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