There has been a lot of recent talk about a health care strategy that advocates to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now and worry about drafting a replacement plan later. The repeal and delay idea is gaining traction among some U.S. Senators, but Arizona’s John McCain is not among them.
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday he would not support calls to repeal Obamacare now and replace it at a later date.
“I fear we may fall under the trap of repealing and not replacing and that would be bad for America,” he said.
McCain — who has not said if he supported the Senate bill or not — said he had spoken with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey about the matter. McCain said Ducey wanted to see at least three amendments to the bill before he would support it.
President Donal Trump recently backed the idea of a straight repeal tweeting, “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”
However, Senator McCain said the bill would need those three amendments from Governor Ducey mentioned above, before he could support it.
“I’m getting those amendments written up, so I’ll be ready to present them if and when the bill comes to the floor,” McCain said, per KTAR. “I believe Gov. Ducey has to play an important role because, as governor, he has the primary responsibility.”
Acknowledging that Senate Republicans may not be able to pass their ObamaCare repeal legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) is warning that action will then have to be taken to stabilize insurance markets.
“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur,” McConnell said at a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Share your thoughts on Senator McCain’s comments and on how you believe the health care situation will play out over the next several weeks. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) has long maintained that changes to the ACA are needed, but those changes must support the people, patients and communities of Arizona. We believe that is critical if we hope to one day reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!