Arizona Senator John McCain has played a pivotal role in stopping any Republican Healthcare bill put forth so far. In July, he voted against a revised version of the original health care bill commonly referred to as “skinny repeal.” Now, McCain indicates that he will vote against this latest bill, potentially ending the GOP’s last-ditch efforts to pass health coverage before the Sept 30th deadline.
The current version of the bill known as the “Graham-Cassidy proposal” is supposed to be brought to the floor next week for a vote. But today, McCain said in a statement, “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.”
If McCain sticks to his guns, it is likely the GOP will not have enough votes to pass the bill. If the bill does indeed fail, it would be another black eye to the Trump presidency that has struggled to get ObamaCare repealed.
“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 effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it,” McCain added in his statement on his decision.
Passage of a new healthcare bill has been largely contingent upon pleasing Republicans who feel the new bill doesn’t do enough to repeal ObamaCare, or others who feel it changes too much.
Republican Senator Rand Paul has also stated he would not vote for the bill and described the new bill as “Obamacare lite.”
According to CBS News, all Democrats are expected to vote against the GOP Healthcare bill.
The Republican party has held out hope that the newest version of the bill would persuade at least 50 Republicans to vote yes, but as the bill inches towards its Sept. 3o deadline, there are several Republican holdouts.
Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have both been outspoken in opposition to earlier bills. It would seem unlikely that they will vote yes this time around. Fox News reported that there are also other unnamed Republicans who are considering voting against the bill.
Jimmy Kimmel, who has been an anti-Trump advocate, thanked the Arizona Senator for his decision to vote against it.
There will surely be plenty of last minute negotiations and incentives offered, but it’s beginning to look more and more likely that this bill will also fail when it reaches the Senator floor.