This Friday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said that he won’t support the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare, pretty much ensuring that Republicans won’t achieve their goal.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement.
“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full [Congressional Budget Office] score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”
From The Huffington Post:
Republican leaders can only afford to lose three GOP senators on the bill, dubbed Cassidy-Graham. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already indicated they don’t support it, so McCain’s comment means the bill doesn’t have the votes to pass. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has also wavered on it.
This is still a developing story.
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