Marching to His Own Beat

John_McCainArizona Senator John McCain is known as a political maverick who has never been interested in doing what others think he should do. Last night’s health care vote was a perfect example of that.

Senator McCain turned his thumb down and voted no on the ‘skinny repeal’ bill….a pared-down last ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare. Senator McCain’s vote drew gasps in the Senate chamber as you can see and hear in the short video below.



Capping his dramatic return to Capitol Hill while fighting brain cancer, Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote to sink his fellow Republicans’ so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. 

McCain, R-Ariz., joined Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and every Senate Democrat to bring down the bill on a 49-51 vote. 

McCain had returned to the Senate on Tuesday for the health-care debate while recovering from July 14 surgery to remove a blood clot. He had just disclosed that clot was associated with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and he is expected to return to Arizona soon for chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

According to a statement released on Senator McCain’s website, the Senator responded to his no vote by saying, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of the nation’s governors (such as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey who, like Senator McCain, wanted a plan that benefitted Arizonans), and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”

President Donald Trump tweeted, “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”


Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) President & CEO Greg Vigdor applauded Senator McCain’s leadership and courage.

AzHHA recognizes, with our hospital colleagues around the Nation, the tremendous leadership displayed by our Senator John McCain.  First in ensuring that Medicaid cuts were removed from the final proposal and then in voting against continuing a very flawed repeal and replace process. 

We also recognize Governor Ducey for his leadership and commitment to Arizona.  This was a difficult process for all.  Let’s use the moment to find solutions that work for all Americans and Arizonans.

AzHHA stands ready and committed to work on health solutions that will benefit the patients, people and communities of Arizona. Senator McCain and Governor Ducey have set great examples for all of us to follow. As we have long said, there are major problems with the ACA and they need to be addressed. We believe by working together to find those solutions, we can take a huge step forward in our long-term goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!


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