McCain, Obama legacy “may soon be undone”
|Analysis/Opinion: Cheryl K. Chumley, Washington Times – Senate Republicans say John McCain’s death has opened a door for a new Obamacare repeal vote.
They are pressing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint someone who doesn’t do like McCain – promise to repeal Obamacare, then vote to keep it …
Emmarie Huetteman wrote for Kaiser Health News: “Many will remember McCain as the incidental savior of the Affordable Care Act.”
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Quite right; that is one of his lasting legacies. But it may soon be undone.
Sen. Ron Johnson said he hoped McCain’s replacement would be a “strong ally” in the fight to repeal Obamacare.
And an unnamed senior Senate aide said Republicans would indeed vote on a repeal once again, so long as the GOP retains majority in the House.
“McCain was personally conservative but ideologically inconsistent,” the aide said.
That’s an understatement, at least on Obamacare.
Once again, as Robb put it: “McCain ran on repealing Obamacare. He broke his promise.”
Let’s hope the senator who fills his shoes won’t be so — “inconsistent.” Read the full story at The Washington Times.
GOP eyes another shot at ObamaCare repeal after McCain’s death
Alexander Bolton, The Hill – Senate Republicans say they would like Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain who, unlike McCain, would support GOP legislation to repeal ObamaCare.
Republican lawmakers say they won’t have time to hold another vote to repeal the law in 2018 but vow to try again next year if they manage to keep their Senate and House majorities.
“If we re-engage in that discussion in some point in the future, it would be nice to have members who enable us to pass it,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.) said when asked about the possibility of ObamaCare repeal legislation coming up for a future vote.
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he hopes the next senator from Arizona will be a “strong ally” who “recognizes that ObamaCare is not a proper solution.”
“It hasn’t worked. It’s created a lot of harm and damage to real people,” he added.
McCain’s surprise vote to reject legislation that would repeal core pillars of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as ObamaCare — was the most impactful decision of his final year in the Senate.
It quashed the GOP’s eight-year quest to repeal the law and forced party leaders to drop major health-care legislation for the rest of the 115th Congress.
McCain’s vote remained a point of contention with President Trump for months afterward.
The president mocked McCain at a Nevada rally in June for voting “no” on the repeal measure with a thumbs-down gesture.
“Nobody knew he was going to do that. He campaigned on repeal and replace,” Trump told the Nevada audience. “Nobody talked to him. Nobody needed to, and then he walked in: thumbs down.”… Read more at The Hill.
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