Even during his final days, the so called “Maverick” that is Senator John McCain from Arizona has managed to spit on the faces of all those of us who have voted, supported and even volunteered for him during the crucial 2008 Presidential election. The very election which handed the nation over to a charlatan like Barack Hussein Obama.
During the wee hours of July 28th, 2017, Republican Senator John McCain along with his fellow GOP traitors, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, voted against the ObamaCare “Skinny Repeal” in the Senate. Both ensuring the ObamaCare failure and the economic fallout that it will bring, not to mention earning the ire of our President, Donald Trump.
Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform https://t.co/tZISIvccOO
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 28, 2017
McCain cast the crucial no vote just two days after a dramatic return to the Senate floor during which he called on his colleagues to work together on major issues. This despicable vote cements McCain’s legacy as the Senate’s maverick and traitor to the American people. A role which he has worn as a badge of honor since the George W. Bush presidency.
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Mr Schumer said: “I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly, as well and as frequently as John McCain.
“The very same courage he showed as a naval aviator in Vietnam, he showed last night…He’s just a wonderful man. I treasure his friendship and just the fact of knowing him.”
Mr Schumer also paid tribute to the two female Republican senators who also defied their party, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
Urging members to “turn the page in another way”, Mr Schumer said of Senator McCain: “All of us were so inspired by his speech and the life of the senator from Arizona.
“And he asked us to go back to regular order, to bring back the Senate that some of us who’ve been here a while remember.”
But he and two other Republican senators voted against the key amendment, which was narrowly defeated by 51 votes to 49.
Speaking about his decision to defy his party’s leadership, the maverick senator urged Republicans and Democrats to work together for a fresh start on healthcare reform.
“Our inability to address the pressing healthcare needs of the American people with meaningful and lasting reform is inexcusable,” he said.
“The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh.
“It is now time to return to regular order with input from all of our members, Republicans and Democrats and bring a bill to the floor of the Senate for amendment and debate.”
McCain, 80, joined Republican colleagues Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine in voting against the so-called ‘skinny repeal’, officially titled the Health Care Freedom Act. All 48 Senate Democrats also rejected it.
The measure would have overturned the mandate that most individuals get health insurance and suspended a requirement that large companies cover their employees. It would also have delayed a tax on medical devices.
“The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.”