McCain a 'no' on current GOP healthcare bill

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave an impassioned speech Tuesday on the floor of the Senate saying he could not vote for the GOP's current healthcare bill.
By Vicky Webb | Aug 01, 2017
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave an impassioned speech Tuesday on the floor of the Senate saying he could not vote for the GOP's current healthcare bill. His remarks come on his first return to Washington after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Although McCain voted yes on the motion to proceed giving Republicans the 50 votes they needed to move forward and open debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare he said he could not vote for a "shell of a bill" and called for bipartisan hearings on the legislation, according to a report by The Hill.

"We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition," McCain said. "I don't think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn't."

McCain noted that failure of the Republicans to agree on a workable replacement to Obamacare made "more popular a policy that wasn't very popular when we started trying to get rid of it."

The 80-year-old senator also said he would be staying in Washington for a few days before leaving to get treated for his illness. But he promised to be back in the Senate.

"I have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me," McCain said. "And I hope to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the American people in your company."

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