aside GOOD NEWS: Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Plans A No Vote For The Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

The republican Senator John McCain and the late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel who has used his star power to fight against this latest republican healthcare bill, have managed to rescue millions of peoples from being dropped from their healthcare insurance policies via the repeal of Obamacare. US Senator McCain has publicly stated that he plans to vote NO when the Graham-Cassidy bill comes to the Senate floor on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has been leaning towards a NO vote but she has not publicly announced her final decision, saying that she will do what is best for Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has not yet declared her position. Senator Rand Paul has consistently stated that he will vote “NO.”

The Guardian provided a link to Senator McCain’s speech: Read John McCain’s statement in full

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On September 22, 2017, Sean Sullivan and Juliet Eilperin penned the following report, “McCain says he will vote “no” for GOP health-care bill, dealing major blow to repeal effort.”

Excerpts:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced Friday that he does not support the latest Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, dealing a major and potentially decisive blow to the last-ditch attempt to fulfill a seven-year GOP promise.

McCain’s comments came on the same day that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who like McCain, voted against a GOP leadership health-care bill in July, said she was likely to oppose the proposal.

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“McCain joins Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in firmly opposing the plan. Senate Republicans cannot afford to lose any more GOP defections, given the united Democratic resistance to the measure.”

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“In a lengthy written statement, McCain said he “cannot in good conscience” vote for the legislation from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), which GOP leaders have been aiming to bring to the Senate floor next week.”

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it,” said McCain.

21 comments

  1. Gronda, this is good news. Let’s hope Collins and Murkowski and others follow suit. McCain has tended to be a maverick and with him not running again, he need not worry about the Koch’s money.

    At the heart of his point, is the GOP Senators are not following due process and are rushing yet another bill through without knowing its impact. He does equate this somewhat incorrectly to the ACA passage, as it was not rammed through with multiple bipartisan meetings. The GOP just chose as a group not to vote for it. Yet, his point that the changes need to be lasting are appropriate.

    Hopefully Alexander and Murray will revisit their bipartisan bill, but we need to make sure this one is defeated first. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      That’s what is so disconcerting. Republicans know full well that this is a bad bill, but they were ready to rush it trough to please their donors, and the heck with the millions of folks who would be harmed.

      This is such good news and a major relief for so many peoples. I can’t imagine Senators Collins and Murkowski reversing their previous “NO” votes. This is the worst of all the republican healthcare proposals.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, Shields and Brooks spoke of the GOP ramming a poorly thought bill through with no guiding principles. The only things the GOP have accomplished in their litany of poor bills is to make the ACA more popular and show that Democrats care more about healthcare. Shields noted that the GOP leaders are out of touch with their voters who like these safety nets. When GOP leaders are forced to define what they are proposing as with Kimmel holding Cassidy accountable, it looks poor. Keith

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    • Dear David Prosser,

      Miracles do happen. Barring any last minute surprises, this is great news. Hopefully, this is the last time we have to watch the republicans raise the repeal of Obamacare from the grave.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. I am so pleased that I nearly did a happy dance when the banner flashed across my screen that McCain will vote ‘no’! I believe Susan Collins will also vote no, but I’m not sure about Murkowski … I understand some deal is in the works to offer Alaska something to sway her vote, but I haven’t looked into the details. I give 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 to both John McCain and Rand Paul!!! Thanks for sharing this good news! Hugs!!!

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    • Dear Jill,

      I did the happy dance. Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. Scott McCain have done their stuff. Like you said, Senator Rand Paul has been a “NO” vote. Sen. Susan Collins said she will not make a decision until she sees the CBO numbers which we know will reflect poorly on on this Graham -Cassidy bill. This means Sen. Collins will be a “NO” vote.I find it hard to believe that Sen Lisa Murkowski will turn coat now.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I was reading tonight that Rand Paul may actually vote for, even though he said he wouldn’t. I think it was speculative, but I hope the writer was wrong. Surely there are more than 2 GOP senators who possess consciences??? Sigh. Hugs!!!

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        • Dear Jill,

          Here’s some good news…

          As per Politico, “Rand Paul, a definitive “no” on Senate Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, “won’t be bribed or bullied” into supporting the bill, the Kentucky Republican said Friday.

          Hugs, Gronda

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        • And just a few minutes ago, I read that the bill is being revised to give more money to Alaska and Maine, the home states of Murkowski and Collins! I truly hope they are above falling for such underhanded tactics. Dirty pool!!! Sigh. Hugs!!!

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        • Dear Jill,

          I read the same thing in the Washington Journal. The republican leaders are attempting to bribe Sen Collins and Sen Murkowski with more monies for their states. I updated my last blog on these plans. Personally, I don’t believe these two strong women can be bought.

          Hugs, Gronda

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        • ‘Twould appear that you are right, at least in the case of Susan Collins, for she has now said ‘no’. I am really offended by Trump saying that McCain has ‘slapped the republican party’ … he works for the people, not the party!!! Somebody’s … a lot of people in Washington’s … priorities are really screwed up! Hugs!!!

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    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      Recently, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she would not make a decision until she sees the CBO numbers which we know will reflect poorly on on this Graham -Cassidy bill. This means Sen. Collins will probably be a “NO” vote.I find it hard to believe that Sen Lisa Murkowski will now say yes, after having said no, in the past.

      We are all grateful to Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. John McCain, and Sen Rand Paul.

      Hugs, Gronda .

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