Sen. John McCain announced his opposition Friday to Republican colleagues' last-ditch ObamaCare overhaul bill, dealing a major blow to GOP leaders' push to pass repeal legislation under President Trump. One, Sen. Rand Paul, already said he would not support the bill because it did not go far enough in repealing Obamacare.
Trump broadly chastised congressional Republicans for campaigning for seven years "saying repeal and replace, repeal and replace" and failing to deliver on the promise.
Although President Donald Trump had yet to react, Pence's overall tone was considerably more measured than Trump's has been on the matter; the President directly attacked fellow Republicans on Twitter over past failed attempts to reform health care.
In response, President Trump sent the following tweets this morning. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", the senator said in a statement.
McCain was one of three senators whose support of the bill, known as Graham-Cassidy after its primary co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is leading the charge on the legislation, and it was unclear if McCain was prepared to vote against his pal.
And the U.S. Senate is set for a possible vote next week on a bill sponsored by Republican Sens.
Graham-Cassidy must come up for a vote before September 30 for it to pass under budget reconciliation, which would allow it to pass with just 51 votes rather than a 60-vote supermajority. However, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has indicated her inclination to vote no, which would kill the movement altogether. "I'm leaning against the bill", she said at an event in Maine Friday, according to the the Portland Press Herald.
At times, there has been reason to question if that title fit, but his stand against Republican efforts to rush through a healthcare bill that would strip benefits from millions shows it is plenty apt.