GOP blame-game begins after Senate sinks health care drive

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 30, 2017

Sen. John McCain's "no" vote on the "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of Friday was a decisive, and somewhat unexpected, vote. The language used by McCain in 2017 is eerily similar to what he said to Obama in 2010. LoBiondo has said that South Jersey needs a better deal in order to move forward. "It [Obamacare] was produced behind closed doors, it was produced with unsavory, I say that with respect, dealmaking". "That's why you take on that kind of responsibility". I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up.

"Senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Lisa Murkowski deserve our gratitude for listening to the voices of their constituents - but the real heroes last night were untold millions across the country who showed us what democracy looks like". Some Republicans were concerned that the House would simply pass the pared-down bill and send it to Trump.

The measure defeated Friday would have repealed an Obama mandate that most people get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that larger companies offer coverage to their employees.

Strategists argued for months that Republicans risked more by not acting and alienating their conservative base than by passing an unpopular repeal bill that could turn off swing voters.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, though clearly pleased with the outcome of the vote early Friday morning, insisted it was "not a time for celebration, it's a time for relief".

The other two "no" votes on the Republican side of the aisle came from senators who have repeatedly opposed proposals put forth by GOP leadership: Sens.

For the moment, the Affordable Care Act, which extended health insurance to 20 million people and drove the percentage of uninsured people to historic lows, remains in place and must be run by an administration that is hostile to it. Instead, they got 49 votes.

David Frum, columnist for The Atlantic and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, tweeted soon after, "In the movies, John McCain hauls himself from his sickbed, delivers the big speech, then votes No".

But activists are still angry that several other Republican senators - Heller, Lamar Alexander, Tenn., Shelley Moore Capito, W.Va., and Rob Portman, Ohio, as well as McCain and Murkowski - voted for an ACA repeal measure in 2015, when former President Barack Obama was certain to veto it, but opposed an nearly identical measure this week knowing Trump could sign it into law.

After his dramatic return to the Senate this week, McCain had hoped the Senate could quickly debate and pass the defense authorization bill once health care was completed. "I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time".

"The other members of our delegation, and especially the Republicans, have seen the polling numbers on how people felt about the Republican bill", he said. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Murkowski'House of Cards" creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism WATCH: Viral video shows protesters outside Capitol learning ObamaCare repeal bill would fail Ex-Cruz campaign manager: Trump presidency "is effectively over' MORE (R-Alaska) a thumbs down, signaling his intentions.

After the "skinny repeal" bill failed to pass the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented that more couldn't be done to help Americans who are dealing with Obamacare's failures, but that it was "time to move forward". In 2005, Rep. Sam Johnson, who shared a cell with McCain in Hanoi and nonetheless endorsed George W. Bush over him in the 2000 presidential primaries, tried to get House Republicans to back a letter opposing McCain's effort to outlaw torture; not a single member signed his or her name.

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