For the past few months, the GOP has been trying to repeal Obamacare with shitty — er, “skinny” — replacement bills that would take away healthcare for millions of Americans.
And they would’ve gotten away with it, too… if it wasn’t for that pesky John McCain!
On Friday, the Republican Senator announced in a statement that he cannot “in good conscience” vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal knowing how it will affect those with pre-existing conditions and insurance premiums overall.
McCain said Republicans and Democrats “have not yet really tried” to work together and come up with a bipartisan approach, which he feels is necessary to do when drafting a bill that affects so many lives.
The veteran’s opposition makes it very unlikely that the bill will garner the 50 votes needed to reach Donald Trump‘s desk before September 30, since Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins are also expected to vote “no” on the proposal.
GOP leaders are reported to be at the “evaluating options” stage right now, but critics of the bill are already thanking McCain for standing his moral ground — especially Jimmy Kimmel, who made his opposition no secret to late night audiences.
Read McCain’s full statement (below) along with the love and respect he got from most of Twitter!
I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach. https://t.co/2sDjhw6Era pic.twitter.com/30OWezQpLg
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 22, 2017
With tears streaming down my face, I thank you.
— Ceres (@dearCeres) September 22, 2017
Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for supporting the preservation of #medicaid for people with disabilities! #SaveMedicaid #GrahamCassidy @CSLN5Ps pic.twitter.com/8Q12rzDpWH
— Kristoffel (@kvandeburgt) September 22, 2017
John McCain for the win!
🔥🔥🔥Donald Trump is PISSED AS HELL that John McCain had the balls to stand up to him & do the right thing. He knows Obamacare repeal is DEAD!
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) September 22, 2017
Back to the drawing board, GOP!