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Friday, September 22, 2017

If Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) goal was to play a consequential role in the fight over health care, he's succeeded beautifully. Two weeks ago, it was McCain who seemed to throw a lifeline to the repeal crusade, telling reporters he was prepared to support the Graham-Cassidy proposal. And this afternoon, it was the veteran lawmaker who announced his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy plan, effectively sealing its fate. McCain added that he'd consider a bill like Graham-Cassidy "were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment," but that hasn't happened.

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"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. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect 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. 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.

"I hope that in the months ahead, we can join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to arrive at a compromise solution that is acceptable to most of us, and serves the interests of Americans as best we can."

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#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-09-22 02:44 PM | Reply

Today of all days, my very dear friends lost a teacher, soulmate and mentor to the very same cancer that Sen. McCain has. It's been a day full of tears and remembrances of a life cut short but still lived with purpose and impact. If this indeed foretells the end of the GOP's horrible efforts to destroy the landmark legislation of President Obama, our friend's love of humanity and decency will live on to see the parent's and children she worked with saved from losing that which was fought for and won after decades of trying.

Thank you Senator McCain if indeed your conscience has led you to this life-saving decision. Our friend lived 6 days after she stopped taking food and water, her body and spirit was so strong in keeping up the fight of the inevitable. May you be buoyed by the same spirit in fighting the good fights; the just fights. For life is fleeting not just for you alone. It tests us all everyday in many invisible ways and it is our duty to be our brother's and sister's keepers to the best of our abilities. E Pluribus Unum.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-09-22 02:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"This isn't to say the fight is completely over. Maybe Rand Paul will change his mind. Maybe there will be some dramatic change to the legislation that makes it more palatable to the GOP moderates. It's an unpredictable environment, and health care advocates would be wise to keep the champagne on ice until 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1.

But for now, McCain's announcement makes it appears as if the right is going to lose this round. The veteran lawmaker's principles are intact, after all."

That putting country over party is such a novelty among the GOP is pretty sad. Most of them just want a "win" no matter what it cost American citizens.

McCain has shown himself to be much more principled than his colleagues on health care.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-22 03:02 PM | Reply

"Senators Alexander and Murray have been negotiating in good faith to fix some of the problems with Obamacare," said Senator John McCain. "But I fear that the prospect of one last attempt at a strictly Republican bill has left the impression that their efforts cannot succeed. I hope they will resume their work should this last attempt at a partisan solution fail."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) hailed McCain's decision to move on from his party's months-long repeal effort.

"John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator," Schumer said in a statement. "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process."

www.huffingtonpost.com

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-09-22 03:11 PM | Reply

John McCain is a hero.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2017-09-22 03:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"John McCain is a hero."

That's kinda pushin' it...

#6 | Posted by Angrydad at 2017-09-22 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"John McCain is at the base level of decency for a person"

Is more like it.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-09-22 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Staring his own mortality in the face, McCain has grown some conscience.

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-09-22 10:47 PM | Reply

John McCain is a hero.
#5 | POSTED BY ZED

Not on the USS Forrestal.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-09-22 10:57 PM | Reply

It's hard to believe this is the same man who selected that hyper partisan moron Sarah Palin as his running mate.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-09-22 10:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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McCain is a grandstanding hypocrite who wanted to toss mud in Trump's eyes on behalf of the Republican establishment. Man of conscience? What a joke.

John McCain explains why Obamacare MUST be REPEALED and REPLACED during 2016 campaign

www.youtube.com

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-22 11:00 PM | Reply

#11

So be it. His misguided efforts, as you describe them, benefit the country. But your focus falls on partisan bickering? Classic.

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-09-22 11:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So-called "man of conscience" came back from Vietnam and promptly dumped his loyal wife who stood by him during his years as a POW, and married a rich, young trophy wife to finance his political career.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-22 11:09 PM | Reply

"dumped his loyal wife who stood by him during his years as a POW real estate con artist, and married a rich desperate, young trophy wife to finance decorate his political career."

It's a wonder McCain is not the President today.

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-09-22 11:24 PM | Reply

Brain cancer can change a man's perspective on morals, no?

I guess not for those who are of age.

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-09-22 11:26 PM | Reply

#11

Who said McCain is a "man of conscience"?

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-09-22 11:33 PM | Reply

Trump, who probably couldn't fight his way out of wet paper bag, said some pretty nasty things about McCain's military service so I, too, have to wonder if this is one of those "payback is a bitch" things. I think that's probably part of it but I also think McCain's a stickler for regular order and took advantage of the opportunity to make a much needed point and answer the call of his conscience at the same time.

Plus, from what we know, it was a lousy bill to begin with and wealthy campaign donors were screaming for their tax breaks. What did they care how many people had to die?

So I'll give McCain the benefit of the doubt and say, whatever his motives, he did a good thing.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-09-22 11:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

i'm thinking that the time that McCain recently spent in the hospital may have caused him to reflect on his time spent in a north vietnamese prisoner of war camp and how closely the health care they were privy to there, mirrored what the republican leadership and trump are offering to the american public

#18 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-23 12:04 AM | Reply

Or maybe he's just not an -------.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-23 12:14 AM | Reply

Works for me, let the people continue to enjoy the 'benefits' of having obamacare.

#20 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-09-23 12:56 AM | Reply

McCain is back in style with the democrats, I see.

#21 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-09-23 06:40 AM | Reply

Is there anybody here who believes Nulli was ever a 'Liberal' as he often claimed in the past?

#22 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-09-23 09:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is there anybody here who believes Nulli was ever a 'Liberal' as he often claimed in the past?

#22 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour

Not sure about that, but I was wondering what he was saying about McCain 9 years ago. Was it anything like:

So-called "man of conscience" came back from Vietnam and promptly dumped his loyal wife who stood by him during his years as a POW, and married a rich, young trophy wife to finance his political career.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian

#23 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-09-23 09:29 AM | Reply

Is there anybody here who believes Nulli was ever a 'Liberal' as he often claimed in the past?

#22 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR AT 2017-09-23 09:10 AM

Not anyone with a working brain. He's about as Liberal as I am a Teajadist and a TaliBundy, which means he's not, and is lying his ass off.

#24 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-09-23 09:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sorry guys but Nulli is holding to his character, and quite liberal is he, just because you have lost any resemblance of character to hold to party line doesn't mean spit.

Nulli is a true liberal with great common sense, to bad you all have seemed to lose it.

#25 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-09-23 09:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

--I was wondering what he was saying about McCain 9 years ago.

Exactly the same thing when he was running against Obama. He's a corrupt, dishonest opportunist.

#26 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-23 09:43 AM | Reply

One can't help but wonder if mccain is just trying to be a thorn and resist trump at every turn.

#27 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-09-23 11:01 AM | Reply

26 & 27

Trump Lovers stick together.

#28 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-23 12:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They sound just like him, actually....

Trump Laces Into McCain Over His Opposition to Health Care Bill

SOMERSET, N.J. -- President Trump on Saturday morning lashed out at Senator John McCain of Arizona for breaking with him and opposing Republicans' latest plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act, saying the senator had let his state down and been deceived by Democrats into abandoning a promise.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!
6:42 AM - Sep 23, 2017

www.nytimes.com

#29 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-23 12:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why don't we all get over ourselves here. McCain is not the culprit. The GOP lied their asses off trying to fool the American people when, in fact, their only motive was to gut the insurance benefits for millions of people without which they wouldn't have the money to subsidize those hefty tax breaks they promised their wealthy corporate campaign backers.

McCain knew it. In fact, everybody knew it. Trump and his loyalist tried to kabuki dance around the obvious but again, for the umpteenth time, it didn't work, thanks to McCain stepping up to the plate to show true leadership. We should be singing his praises instead of lamenting his motives.

There are some among us on this forum who should be ashamed for supporting the GOP, specifically Donald Trump, for their lack of human compassion ~ a trait that borders on sociopathy ~ for those who would suffer enormously without the lifesaving health care, the most important parts of which they were about to be deprived if ~ Trump had his way.

If any of you haven't figured it out by now, Trump isn't banging on all eight cylinders.

#30 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-09-24 08:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Question is-

Who pulls McCain's and Mueller's strings...

wait, we subserviant types don't deserve that intel...

#31 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-09-24 11:35 AM | Reply

"Question is-
Who pulls McCain's and Mueller's strings..."

Actually the question is who pulls Trump's strings. That is why there's three Federal investigations ongoing. Why would Trump support undermining the healthcare of millions of Americans?

Why would a hostile power need to spend billions to fight us militarily when you can divide our nation and undermine our healthcare directly? We can have the most powerful military in the world but all they would be protecting would be a bunch of divided weak sick people.

#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-09-24 11:50 AM | Reply

DONNERBOY is correct. Russia is in it for the long haul and they are well aware that GOP leadership is America's weakest link. Russia picked the right person and the right time to capitalize on America's tendency to ignore the consequences of history's worst examples of a house divided against itself.

And the GOPiggies keep feeding at that poisoned trough.

#33 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-09-24 09:10 PM | Reply

I think McCain is trying to save the GOP. He knows what's in the Steele dossier, having hand delivered it to Comey in December 2016. If Team Trump turns out to be as dirty as it looks like they may be, the only thing worse for the GOP than having backed Trump will be having also taken health care away from millions at the behest of Team Treason.

#34 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-09-24 09:34 PM | Reply

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