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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Obamacare can implode in its own and the no voting Republicans and Democrats can be at fault. Sen. John McCain announced his opposition Friday to Republican colleagues’ last-ditch ObamaCare overhaul bill, dealing a major blow to GOP leaders’ push to pass repeal legislation under President Trump. McCain – who helped kill the so-called “skinny repeal” back in July – once again was considered a key vote on the current bill, as one of just three wavering GOP senators. His opposition could effectively doom the bill, which Senate leaders were hoping to bring to the floor next week ahead of a looming deadline. If Republicans cannot pass a bill in this window, it could also mark the end, for the foreseeable future, of the party’s broader efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
McCain announced his decision in a lengthy written statement, warning the bill from Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was being rushed. With his statement, McCain joins Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who before Friday was the only Republican who had come out firmly against the bill, arguing it doesn’t do enough to roll back ObamaCare.
Senate Republicans hold 52 seats, so McCain’s
opposition does not outright kill the legislation. But the push is
precariously close to collapsing. The position of two other Republican
senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, is not yet
firm – but Collins said Friday she’s leaning against the bill.