Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced Friday that he would be opposing the Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. This delivers a major blow to his colleagues and their chances of getting 50 votes on the Senate floor next week.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” McCain said in a statement, according to Politico.
The legislation, which was drafted by Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, is the GOP’s last chance at repealing the Affordable Care Act before the September 30 deadline.
But McCain’s Friday statement announcing his opposition to the bill will make it nearly impossible for the legislation to gain enough votes in the Senate.
McCain said he could not support the bill “without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”
“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it,” he continued. “The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.”