I expressed in an earlier post some disappointment at John McCain voting to continue the debate to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If he had disappointed me at that time, he has more than made up for it today. In the early hours of Friday, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, along with two other Republicans (Rep. Susan Collins of Maine and Rep. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. ABC News reports McCain’s statement following the vote:
In a statement released following the vote, McCain said, “From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people.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.”
McCain added, “While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health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.”
McCain offered a plan going forward, saying, “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.”
I applaud the courage of John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to vote for what is right and what makes sense rather than be a slave to partisan politics. This is America at its best.
Trump said in a tweet that he would let Obamacare “implode”:
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
But the Affordable Care Act is now Trump’s responsibility. If it “implodes” it will be because of him. It’s his duty to ensure it succeeds.
Good. So now we can move on. Or can we?
Call me a cynic, but I don’t think it’s beneath Trump to actively try to sabotage or neglect the ACA. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does it’ll probably be as successful as any of Trump’s other endeavors. That is to say, not very.