John McCain shocked the country, not to mention his colleagues in Congress, by voting against the “skinny repeal” bill on the Senate floor on Thursday. Amidst cheers from the left and backlash from the right, the Arizona senator delivered a statement on Friday morning explaining his reasoning.
‘From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens.’
McCain cast his heroic vote following the news that his own health is in jeopardy. Deciding against yanking healthcare from millions of Americans and allowing the current system to simply collapse without any safety net for the American people, he told reporters afterward, was just the “right thing to do.”
Read the entire statement here and see McCain’s heroic moment, which brought gasps and cheers from Democratic senators, below:
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