As a Republican-led Senate tried their best last night to sneak a ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal bill through, there was one very unlikely hero who came to the rescue of millions of Americans who rely on there health care. The Republicans revealed their skinny health care bill to the American people at 10 PM EST last night. They then scheduled a vote on it at 2 AM this morning, when the majority of Americans were well asleep.
At first, it appeared as if after months of trying, Mitch McConnell and the GOP would finally pass a bill through to the House. Although all 48 Democrats voted against the bill, it appeared as though the Maine and the Alaskan Senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski would be the only two Republicans not to vote ‘yes’. This would have meant that Vice President Mike Pence would have been called in to break the tie, and the bill would have passed. But then, up came John McCain, the war hero who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. McCain gave a scathing speech against the prior bills, days earlier, but GOP Senators seemed confident that they’d have his vote. They were wrong!
McCain walked up and gave a thumb’s down as cheers and gasps could be heard from Democrats and Republicans respectively.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 28, 2017
McCain released the following statement moments later:
“From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people.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 While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health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.”
The President, who had been pressuring fellow Republicans to vote for the bill, clearly was angered by all of this.
“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!” He tweeted shortly after the failed vote.
All indications appear to show that McConnell and fellow Republicans will now turn their attention towards other issues and let Obamacare stand for the time being.