Senator John McCain announced Friday his opposition to the new GOP healthcare bill that would finally repeal and replace Obamacare; severely damaging the legislation’s ability to pass the Republican-controlled Senate ahead of next week’s crucial vote, reports Fox News.
McCain released a written statement regarding the Graham-Cassidy bill, saying he would consider supporting the legislation if it were the “product of extensive hearings,” but added “that has not been the case.”
“I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process,” he wrote.
“We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. …I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” he added.
Sen. McCain joins fellow Sen. Rand Paul as two crucial ‘no votes,’ setting the stage for moderate Senator’s Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to effectively kill the bill before it ever reaches the Senate floor.