It was a scene as dramatic as one can usually expect in Washington.
John McCain, the Republican war hero who was Barack Obama’s adversary for the presidency over eight years ago, had returned to Washington heavily-scarred from his treatment for brain cancer, presumably to finally end what was perhaps his rival’s notable achievement – Obamacare.
The future of Obamacare had clearly fallen to him. With the Republicans holding a slim majority in the Senate, a ‘no’ vote from three against the Republican’s so-called “skinny bill” would dash hope that the healthcare law would be repealed. And already two – Senators Collins and Murkowski, two abortion advocates likely put off by the skinny bill’s tepid one-year ban on Planned Parenthood funding, were committed to opposing it.
The White House had heavily pressured McCain. Senate Majority leader McConnell had lobbied McCain to support the skinny bill as well. Even Senator Lindsay Graham, who is considered McCain’s closest ally, was to ultimately vote for the bill, despite having expressed misgivings about it.
Nonetheless, in a moment captured in the video below, McCain tottered to the front of the Senate, dramatically yelled “No!”, gave a thumbs-down:
The skinny bill, as described by NPR.org, “was a pared down version of Republican proposals to undo Obamacare with no plan for what to replace it with. It would have eliminated the individual and employer mandate and key taxes, defunded Planned Parenthood for a year and eliminated key protections of health benefits that were required under Obamacare.” READ MORE