The “NO” Heard Round the World

John_McCainInteresting story in today’s Washington Post titled, “The Health 202: Here’s why John McCain voted ‘no’ on health care.” The article started with this:

John McCain’s surprise, middle-of-the-night thumb down that sunk his party’s Obamacare repeal bill last week made for perfect political showbiz. But signals the Arizona Republican would be the final GOP defector were there all along. After all, McCain’s a mostly free spirit from a state that deeply benefited from the Affordable Care Act. And he likes some drama now and again.

McCain’s never really belonged to the brand of tea party-style Republicans who loved to rail against Obamacare. He criticized the ACA when he needed to, like when he was running for reelection in 2010 and again last year. But McCain didn’t share many of his colleagues’ perspective that virtually anything would be better than President Obama’s health-care law.

The story highlighted Senator McCain’s determination to do what he thought was best for our state and the people who live here.

So it was a no-go for McCain when Senate leadership pressured him to support “skinny repeal” that would have destabilized insurance markets without fixing Obamacare’s deepest problems – and could have led to a return of deep Medicaid cuts proposed in the Senate’s replacement bill known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act. State officials had estimated that the BCRA would have cost Arizona’s Medicaid program $7.1 billion by the end of 2026.

“Arizona was about to get screwed, if I may, under this plan,” McCain told Phoenix-based radio host Mike Broomhead yesterday.

And the story called attention to McCain’s loyalty to the wishes of Governor Doug Ducey. “Three amendments McCain offered to protect Arizona, including one to phase out Medicaid expansion over a decade instead of the seven years envisioned by the BCRA, were at the behest of Ducey. McCain said all along he would center his health-care vote on Ducey’s wishes:”


The report also quoted Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association President & CEO Greg Vigdor.

McCain’s “no” vote has won him praise among health-care advocates in Arizona. “I think people are pretty pleased with him in the world I work in,” Greg Vigdor, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, told The Health 202.

Take a look at the story and let us know what you think about Senator McCain’s vote and the reasons behind it. We will continue to work with Senator McCain and the rest of our state’s congressional delegation to make sure any future health care legislation supports the best interests of the patients, people and communities of Arizona. Generating meaningful conversations around the health stories making headlines, like this one, is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!




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