Sanders thanks McCain for opposing ObamaCare repeal bill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.) thanked Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday for opposing the new GOP bill to repeal ObamaCare. McCain's vote was vital in the Republican effort to pass the bill.

"Thank you, John. You have the conscience that I wish very much the rest of the Republican leadership had as well," Sanders tweeted on Friday.

McCain cited his conscience in his Friday announcement he would not vote for the Republican legislation.

The GOP needs almost every Republican vote in the Senate to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyBen Shapiro: Who died and made Jimmy Kimmel Jesus? Dems look to turn ObamaCare tables on GOP in '18 Congress misses deadline to reauthorize childrens' health care program MORE (R-La.). McCain's defection, along with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE's (R-Ky.) which was previously announced, means the bill might not have the support to pass.

“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 Friday statement.

Sanders, an independent socialist, introduced a "Medicare for All" bill supported by many Democrats that would institute a single-payer healthcare system.

The senator is expected to debate alongside Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFacebook shifts strategy under lawmaker pressure Competition law has no place raising prices some say are ‘too low’ CNN to host town hall featuring Nancy Pelosi MORE (D-Minn.) against Graham and Cassidy in a CNN townhall-style discussion on Monday night.