Shortly after midnight ET Friday morning, in a stunning moment, Sen. John McCain stepped up to the front of the Senate chamber to cast his thumbs-down “NO” vote on the “skinny” repeal bill. This comes just days after McCain returned to the Senate in time to vote “Yes” on a procedural measure to debate the Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare despite recent his surgery and brain cancer diagnosis.
Immediately after he cast his “Yes” vote on Tuesday, McCain took to the podium to deliver an impassioned speech in which he urged lawmakers to cast aside partisanship and work together to fix a broken healthcare system. “I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will. not. vote. for. this. bill. as. it. is. today,” McCain said Tuesday.
The Senator explained that he voted “No” on this latest version of the bill because it does nothing to”actually reform our healthcare system.”
“While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens. The Speaker’s statement that the House would be ‘willing’ to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.”
McCain has repeatedly cast dispersion on Obamacare’s passage, saying that the bill was rammed through without any Republican input.
“We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace,” McCain said.
“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”
Three Republicans voted “No” to defeat the “skinny” repeal; Sen. John McCain, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.