“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it.” That excerpt is from a statement released by Arizona Senator John McCain today, as he made it clear he will not support the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal.
You can read Senator McCain’s complete statement here.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” Mr. McCain said. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”
So, what does McCain’s opposition to the bill mean? From Fox News:
Sen. John McCain announced his opposition Friday to his Republican colleagues’ last-ditch ObamaCare overhaul bill, dealing a major blow to GOP leaders’ push to pass the legislation in the Senate next week ahead of a looming deadline.
The Arizona Republican senator was considered a key vote, as one of just three wavering GOP senators.
His opposition could help doom the bill, though the position of two other Republican senators is not yet firm.
Fortune.com wrote that McCain’s decision, “likely doomed the latest Republican Obamacare repeal effort.”
McCain once again cited a lack of regular order as his rationale for opposing Graham-Cassidy.” We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party line basis,” he said in a statement. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.”
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) officially announced its opposition to the proposal yesterday. Following Senator McCain’s statement, AzHHA President & CEO Greg Vigdor shared his thoughts on today’s developments.
“The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association applauds Sen. John McCain for continuing to show the U.S. Senate and the American people what leadership looks like. In announcing his opposition to Graham-Cassidy – and to the rushed, partisan process by which this effort has been conducted – Sen. McCain has stayed true to his word: it’s time to return to regular order.
“What is happening currently with Graham-Cassidy is a far cry from regular order. The Congressional Budget Office hasn’t even had time to properly review the proposal for its impacts to patients and government finances. However, independent reports that have been conducted, including a new analysis by the non-partisan Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, are consistent and troubling: This legislation would cost our state at least $10 billion in federal funding over the coming decade.
“Like Sen. McCain, we believe sustainable and positive reforms to our nation’s healthcare system – including addressing flaws in the Affordable Care Act – can only be accomplished by working together in a bipartisan and reasoned manner. This is not only the right way to pass legislation of such public significance, but also the right way for each of us to conduct ourselves in pursuing positive change for healthcare outside of the political arena.
“We thank Senator McCain for that important reminder.”
We’d love to hear your thoughts on Senator McCain’s announcement and Mr. Vigdor’s remarks. Whether you agree or disagree, we believe it s important to keep the lines of communication open because meaningful dialogue will help drive better health in our state. And the healthier we are, the closer we get to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!