President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning and gave Arizona Senator John McCain an awesome shellacking for his opposition to the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The President said Senator McCain was convinced by Democrats and celebrities to let down his best friend Sen. Lindsey Graham.
The bill would also end the Medicaid expansion that 31 states and Washington, D.C., took advantage of under Obamacare and overhaul the funding for traditional Medicaid.
If this last-ditch effort bill doesn’t pass then Obamacare will collapse on its own and something tells me the ones who are going to get the blame for it aren’t the charlatans like Barack Hussein Obama or Nancy Stretch Pelosi who said we had to pass the bill to know what’s in it, but probably the very Republicans who are the ones actually trying to repeal it, but who can’t because 3 of their RINO, or Republican In Name Only, senators are impeding them.
Senator John McCain calls himself a “Maverick.” Senator, constantly going against your promises and against your very own party doesn’t make you a so-called “Maverick,” it just makes you a traitor to his party and constituents.
The people of Arizona voted you in so you could “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare. You ran on this promise and you have been repeating this slogan since 2010. But when you have a chance to at least remove a few of the reasons Obamacare is such a burden on folks like myself, you side with Democrat voice pieces such as Jimmy Kimmel.
These GOP Senators Could Block Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 of the chamber’s 52 Republicans to vote for a bill that aims to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act and drastically reshape the Medicaid system. McConnell’s office is planning to bring the bill up for a vote next week.
But Paul says there is no amount of minor tweaks to Graham-Cassidy that will change his mind, characterizing it plainly as “a really crappy bill.”
That leaves room for just one additional GOP defection or the bill will meet the same fate as the previous three failed attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The bill’s sponsors are betting that every Republican senator who voted for the last Senate bill in July will vote in favor this time. The early reception to the latest bill has been generally positive. No Democrats or independents are prepared to support the bill.
The focus remains on three familiar names in the health care debate: Arizona Sen. John McCain, Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. All three GOP senators voted against the Senate’s health care bill in July, with McCain casting the decisive vote to derail the legislation.
Here are the undecided senators’ stated concerns with the current legislation:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
McCain has taken issue more with the process than the substance of the legislation. He has hammered Republicans for ditching “regular order” and ramming a bill through that has major consequences for tens of millions of Americans and the U.S. economy without hearings or any input from Democrats. McCain previously indicated he wouldn’t vote for any health care bill that wasn’t the product of “regular order,” but things change. For starters, Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed Graham-Cassidy this week. McCain has indicated his governor’s opinion would weigh heavily on his vote. The bill is also co-authored by Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest political allies in the Senate.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
Collins has all but announced that she will vote “no” on Graham-Cassidy. She has criticized the process, calling for bipartisan solutions to health care problems, and has taken issue with the proposal that may be worse for Maine than the status quo. She made a point this week to tell reporters that the proposal could be devastating to Maine’s rural hospital system. Unlike many Senate Republicans, there is no indication Collins’s “no” vote has hurt her politically back home. If anything, she was lauded by constituents and local press for her opposition in the face of great party pressure.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
Murkowski is the most inscrutable of this trio. She has been avoiding reporters and has not weighed in publicly on the bill. GOP leaders, the Trump administration, and Graham and Cassidy are working hard to secure Murkowski’s vote. Like Collins, she has deep concerns about what reduced Medicaid spending could mean for her home state and its unique health care needs. Politically, Murkowski also received a wave of positive response back home for her “no” vote over the summer, so the political pressure is different for the independent-minded Murkowski. The absolute necessity of her vote, however, also gives Murkowski a lot of leverage to ask for whatever changes she wants to make to the bill.
Senators are racing up against a Sept. 30 deadline. That is the end of the fiscal year and when special budget rules expire that protect the health care bill from a Democratic filibuster. Until then, Republicans can pass it with 50 votes, plus a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Pence, instead of the customary 60 votes necessary to overcome objections to a piece of legislation.
If the Senate can pass a bill, it still needs to head to the House for approval. Graham told reporters this week that House Speaker Paul Ryan has given him assurances that the House can pass Graham-Cassidy.
With just days left on the clock, Republicans say they are the closest they have come to date to fulfilling their campaign promises to undo the Affordable Care Act.
While you, Senator McCain fight an awful fight in one of the best hospitals in the world, people like myself go without health care altogether because once Obamacare hit we just couldn’t afford our premiums anymore, roughly 5 million of us.
But it’s OK, Senator, you are “Royalty” and we don’t matter, we know the drill. And in case you wonder why we proudly elected a brash outsider such as Donald Trump as our president, just look in the mirror “Maverick.”
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