Senator John McCain joined 2 of his colleague Senate Republicans and killed the Obamacare repeal bill, putting an end to a months long effort to pass new healthcare legislation. After the Senate floor vote on Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said:
I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time. This is clearly a disappointing moment. It’s time to move on.
The GOP’s stripped version of Obamacare, dubbed “the skinny repeal bill” also known as the Health Care Freedom Act would have passed if it wasn’t for McCain’s decision to vote no, following his dramatic return in the Senate from cancer treatment. The bill was killed with a very narrow vote, 49-51, falling one vote short of the 50 required to advance it. There were other two Republican Senators besides McCain who voted against the bill, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins respectively.
Obviously, President Trump was not happy with the outcome:
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Basically, three RINOs-never-Trumpers voted in the Senate alongside their fellow Democrats on Thursday’s midnight vote and blocked the Republicans’ latest attempt to first repeal then replace Obamacare, thus putting another dent in one of the POTUS’ main campaign promises. And if you think I’m exaggerating with the RINO/traitors thing, this is what CNBC reported:
Three GOP votes — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — sank the measure in a 49-51 vote. McCain, who recently returned to the Senate after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, cast his “no” vote to audible gasps on the chamber’s floor, according to reporters there.
Now do you see the character of John McCain? This is McCain’s one last effort to Make America Weak Again. The coward would have voted differently had he been on Obamacare
The only way to convince the RINOs in the GOP (and maybe even old DEMs) to repeal and replace Obamacare would be President Trump calling for an ending to the Congressional exemption for Obamacare. This may be the only way to get things done when dealing with politicians, i.e. to let them face the consequences of their own decisions.