John McCain puts zombie ‘Trumpcare’ bill on life support

All of your efforts have paid off with Senator John McCain. The Arizona Republic reports Sen. John McCain will vote against Graham-Cassidy health-care bill:

For the second time in two months, Sen. John McCain is giving the thumbs down to his fellow Republicans’ efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain, R-Ariz., announced Friday in a written statement. “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.

“Without a full CBO (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.”

McCain added that he took “no pleasure in announcing my opposition,” particularly because one of the bill’s authors, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, is one of his best friends.

“I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I,” McCain said.

Jimmy Kimmel tweeted his thanks to Senator McCain.

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McCain on July 28 gave a dramatic thumbs down to what was informally known as the GOP’s “skinny repeal” plan. His vote was decisive, bringing Republican health-care efforts to a temporary halt.

The emergence of alternative legislation from Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., which appeared to be heading for a vote as early as next week, put pressure back on the three Republican dissenters from July: McCain and Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Focus your lobbying efforts this weekend on Sens. Collins and Murkowski. Sen. McCain has given them cover to come out and declare that they will vote against the zombie “Trumpcare” bill. It’s a shame that our Senator Jeff Flake is a useless waste of your time who does not care to hear from you about harming Arizonans by denying them health care. He will have to answer to the voters for his moral bakruptcy.

They are joined this time by [the always unreliable] Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who staked out his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy proposal early.

I fully expect Aqua Buddha to vote for this bill, if it actually comes to a vote.

McCain’s opposition, which came despite Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announcing his support for the plan, could again derail GOP hopes of undoing “Obamacare.”

After McCain announced his opposition to the bill, Ducey issued a statement reiterating his support for Graham-Cassidy and saying, “fifty-one votes are still possible.”

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Graham said on Twitter that he respectfully disagreed with McCain on this issue but his friendship with him “is not based on how he votes” but on “respect for how he’s lived his life and the person he is.”

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praised McCain for his stand.

“John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process.”

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, which opposed Graham-Cassidy, also cheered McCain “for continuing to show the U.S. Senate and the American people what leadership looks like.”

“Like Sen. McCain, we believe sustainable and positive reforms to our nation’s healthcare system — including addressing flaws in the Affordable Care Act — can only be accomplished by working together in a bipartisan and reasoned manner,” the group said. “This is not only the right way to pass legislation of such public significance, but also the right way for each of us to conduct ourselves in pursuing positive change for healthcare outside of the political arena.”

25 Responses to John McCain puts zombie ‘Trumpcare’ bill on life support

  1. I actually went to Sen. McCain’s website this afternoon and sent positive feedback in support of his decision to vote against the Graham-Cassidy repeal, and I encourage others in the state to do so as well. Regardless of whether you think he’s a ‘spineless coward’ or just seeks publicity, I do think there’s some merit to praising politicians in the (rare) instances where they do right – might help give someone political cover if thousands of constituents are telling you to vote a certain way on a certain issue. Maybe not a *big* help, but it can certainly make a difference if enough people get on board.

  2. Rufus Willingly

    Another dumbass move,,,from the traitor John McCain,,,look up his past,,ratted out his fellow pilots in Vietnam. But then you retarded brainwashed, anti-American lunatic liberals, do not have the intelligence to even do a simple background check on McTraitor. Super losers. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

      • For Sure Not Tom

        Dear Rufus, everyone here knows exactly who John McCain is. We’re not fans.

        But we are glad that the very successful ACA is not being overturned for purely racist and political reasons, and for at least a little longer millions of people will still have access to health insurance.

        You’re not a very good troll. Sad.

        • “But we are glad that the very successful ACA is not being overturned…”

          The ACA is not very successful, Tom. The insurance rates in many states are going up exponentially (here in Arizona, for instance), millions are still uninsured, and the ACA in many states is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and collapse.

          I was a big supporter of the ACA when it first came out, but over time, it has shown itself not to be adequate to the task. It needs to either be modified or thrown out. It can’t keep going like it is. You can’t keep pretending that everything is okay with it.

          • I’ve posted this link before and I’ll do it again for the hard of hearing, those who say the same things over and over. And this is from last May but still a good summary of GOP sabotage of the ACA:

            10 ways the GOP sabotaged Obamacare
            Trump and Congressional Republicans say the ACA is collapsing under its own weight, but they’ve been dragging it down for years

            By Louise Norris
            healthinsurance.org contributor
            May 17, 2017

            Source: https://www.healthinsurance.org/blog/2017/05/17/10-ways-the-gop-sabotaged-obamacare/

          • And this, just for one example (you could actually do your own research):

            Republicans call Obamacare a ‘failure.’ These 7 charts show they couldn’t be more wrong
            January 4, 2017
            Michael Hiltzik

            http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-obamacare-charts-20170104-story.html

          • For Sure Not Tom

            The lowest uninsured rate in American history. Tens of millions people added to the health care rolls.

            That’s a massive success.

            Fixing everything else with the ACA starts from there.

            It would be better if the GOP and their rich donors weren’t such absolute POS and cared more about people than money.

            And the GOP and Trump would be all onboard for fixing the ACA if they weren’t all such racist POS who just want to undo the good that the black guy who used to live in the White House did.

        • rufus willingly

          ,When not chopping heads off,raping 6 year old girls, anally molesting goats and camels, a thrifty ISIS warrior, wannabe like you’re self, will masturbate, while eating cheese doodles, to video’s of Hitler and “Wet Dreams From My Real Father, A Communist Porno Puke” from you’re boy, Barack Oburnout. When you’re many Sharia slave mommas’ yell at you to get out of the basement…they know you’re burnouted, liberal, infidel ass was caught masturbating to Allen Snackbar, because you’re little pee pee is all red orange.

          • What’s your problem rufus? Apparently you’re resentful that your momma named you Richard Head. Go now, the adults are talking.

          • For Sure Not Tom

            It’s like Rufus is watching Hannity while tripping on LDS with his head in a microwave all at the same time.

            Fan of the Pussy Grabber in Chief, no doubt, and unaware of our creator’s greatest gift, The Gift of Irony.

      • rufus willingly

        LIza,,,Here’s YOU>>>>>>>>,typical response from a down trodden American slave woman. Do you wear your burka when you and you’re husband go out? You lunatic, liberal , brainwashed liberal, get back to the kitchen and make all the muzzie dogs’ sandwiches. You are so self-hating, and have NO rights as it is. Does you’re husband let you THINK without his permission? Back to to cleaning, again I command you in the name of Allen Snackbar. And clean you’re master’s goat’s ass tonight,,,because Mohammad is calling on you tomorrow

      • rufus willingly

        Liza,,,,we do not want to hear you’re liberal lunatic rhetoric,,you need professional help for you’re illusions,,,,Gather up you’re Sharia mamma’s crayons, and Playdough,,and hide all day in you’re Democrap “Safe Space”,,, ,,uhh,,,crawl back to you’re Sharia momma’s basement,,continue to make
        Playdough figures of you’re gender cis transtesticles boi’s, in you’re
        “Safe Space” because you were triggered by an adult,,,and you know,
        you’re training, at you’re FEMA camp re-education indoctrination
        facility ( that you call public school) , has prepared you to take on
        the world,,,go get em boy.,

    • “Another dumbass move…” Why are you confessing?

      • rufus willingly

        Dumbass Bill Astle,,,,We are having a contest called”Draw Mohammad Commit Suicide Contest” 1st Prize- goes to the best guess, of how long the rope to hang this FAKE,,,POS prophet is. 2nd prize- goes to who best guesses how long it takes this FAKE POS prophet to die.We have a lot of fun and games and prizes in store. Come join us, and bring you’re friends, it will be fun and meet new friends,,,Thank You,,,,,,Support us on http://www.thehatersclub.org., it will cost you nothing, because it is government funded and taxpayer supported and our new website http://www.hatetrumpslove and our new hashtag #hatersruletheworld,,,thank you so much

    • “…ratted out his fellow pilots in Vietnam.”

      I despise Senator McCain for his lousy track record as a Republican, but I couldn’t disagree with you more about Lieutenant Commander McCain and his service in the Hanoi Hilton. His service as a Prisoner of War was beyond reproach, including his refusal to be repatriated and returned to the United States ahead of everyone else because he knew he was being used for propaganda purposes. He still suffers from wounds he received from the North Vietnamese while a prisoner. I don’t know that I could have mustered up that much courage under those circumstances.

      Lambaste McCain, the politician, all you want, but you are an ignorant fool for attacking McCain, the Navy Pilot, as a POW.

  3. “John McCain puts zombie ‘Trumpcare’ bill on life support.”

    I told you this would happen. I said that McCain likes the adulation of the media more than he likes anything else in this world. He would never have passed up an opportunity to bask in it’s radiance again. It was a done deal the second the tried to pass a second attempt to kill Obamacare. McCain waited a few days for the tension to build and then did the predictable thing.

    Actually, I would not be surprised if, before he died, he switched parties on us. In the last several years he has appeared to want to do that…

  4. Thank you, Senator McCain, for doing the right thing with respect to this evil legislation.

    • ** proposed legislation **

    • ”I’ve posted this link before and I’ll do it again for the hard of hearing, those who say the same things over and over.”

      Liza, perhaps the one who is hard of hearing isn’t someone reading your postings. Perhaps you are the one needing the hearing test because you are so emotionally invested in the ACA that you will not hear or accept any criticism of it.

      ”And this is from last May but still a good summary of GOP sabotage of the ACA:”

      I read it and I must admit that the author did make minor acknowledgements that the ACA has flaws, for which I say “Good for her”, for that small measure of honesty. But in reading the overall article, she insists on overlooking those same flaws and trying to blame it’s failures on the GOP rather than acknowledge the ACA itself needs work.

      ”Trump and Congressional Republicans say the ACA is collapsing under its own weight, but [the GOP has] been dragging it down for years.

      No, Liza, the ACA is failing under it’s own terms. No one has to help it.

      ”And this, just for one example (you could actually do your own research):”

      Yes, I could and I often do. What I find in many of the things posted on line is political talking points dressed up as “science”. My questioning of people here is to try and find out what things have they found that they believe in and which influenced them to think the way they do. And that is why doing my own research really doesn’t answer my questions.

  5. it aint over till its over as yogi bear likes to say.

  6. Too late for Arizona’s Governor Duchie. He has already backed the evil legislation.

    • Thank you for sending me running for the dictionary! It will be interesting to see how Governor Kock-Sucker tries to weasel this.