Republican Sen. and notorious RINO John McCain of Arizona called his Senate colleagues’ campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare this summer “insanity,” and told President Trump he was “sorry” he could not vote the party line, Esquire is reporting.
The president, much like he did with other lawmakers, called McCain to try to get him to vote yes for the Senate’s eleventh-hour bill to repeal Obamacare late this last July, known as the “skinny repeal.”
“I thank you, Mr. President, for your involvement,” McCain told Trump minutes before he shot down the party’s last attempt to overhaul Obamacare. “I cannot vote for something called Skinny Repeal. I can’t do it. I didn’t even see the bill until today. I mean, this is insanity. I appreciate the call and now I have to go vote, and I’m sorry.”
The skinny repeal died in an argumentative 51-49 vote, with McCain, along with GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voting no.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told journalists before the Senate even released the text of the legislation that he did not believe the bill had a chance of becoming law.
The skinny repeal was Senate leadership’s last push to repeal Obamacare, and it was presumed to simply be a vehicle to get to a conference with the House. The bill was never meant to be anything but a way to get something to Trump’s desk for approval.
Senate GOP has moved on to tax reform, and the likelihood of successfully passing a bill that repeals and replaces Obamacare in 2017 looks rather low. Congress must deal with the budget in December along with a multitude of other legislative matters.
More on McCain, via The Hill:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped President Trump in an interview, saying he doesn’t think the president has “principles and beliefs.”
“I don’t agree with the way he’s conducting his presidency, obviously,” McCain said during an interview with Esquire.
“He’s an individual that unfortunately is not anchored by a set of principles. I think he’s a person who takes advantage of situations.”
McCain said Trump was “successful” as a builder and an entrepreneur.
“But I don’t think he has the fundamental underpinnings of principles and beliefs,” he said.
Here is the moment McCain killed the bill:
How is it that this man is still a United States Senator?
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