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John McCain Returns To Vote Against Protecting Health Care

McCain’s triumphant return yields a vote for debate on the repeal of Affordable Care Act.

Recently, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was diagnosed with brain cancer.  His diagnosis came after a blood clot was removed.  He’s a veteran and was a prisoner of war in the late 1960s.  Surviving with no longer having full-usage of his arms.  McCain beat cancer previously.  And, he just voted in to help take steps to retract health care for millions.

John McCain help to tie the vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, making it 50-50.  Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.  Without McCain, the procedural vote to debate the ACA would have failed to pass.  McCain ensured it did.

Prior to voting, senators did not know what bill was up for a vote.  Some senators, like Richard Burr (R-VA), didn’t care.

The Congressional Budget Office has scored the repeal and replacement efforts as leaving 22 million to 32 million without health care, depending upon which version is passed.

Several Republicans were rumored to have been voting “no” on a procedural vote, like Shelley Capito (R-WV) and Ron Johnson (R-WY), but eventually voted in favor.

“Today, I will vote to begin debate to repeal and replace Obamacare.  As this process advances on the Senate floor, I will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of West Virginians,” Capito said.

The health care bill did get two GOP dissents that voted with Democrats – Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

On the floor of the Senate, John McCain made a long speech.

“Our deliberations today – not just our debates, but the exercise of all our responsibilities – authorizing government policies, appropriating the funds to implement them, exercising our advice and consent role – are often lively and interesting. They can be sincere and principled. But they are more partisan, more tribal more of the time than any other time I remember.”

Ironically, McCain will not vote for the bill as it currently is.

“I will not vote for the bill as it is today. It’s a shell of a bill right now.”

The Senate opened up debate on the floor today, and the partial repeal was rejected.

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