Arizona Senator John McCain was cheered by Republicans earlier this week as he flew to Washington after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a procedural yes vote to allow the Senate to open up debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
This morning, McCain is being booed for failing to pass what became known as 'skinny repeal.' The Arizona Senator voted no on the bill that would have dropped the individual and employer mandate requirement in Obamacare.
He explained his no vote, in part by saying he wants a bipartisan health care solution. His office released this statement:
“From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health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.
“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. 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. 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. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”
Two other Republicans also voted no with McCain. They are Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.