Sanders thanks McCain for opposing ObamaCare repeal bill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Kasich: There’s a disease in American politics MORE (I-Vt.) thanked Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' Senate passes 6B defense bill 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 GrahamTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Senate passes 6B defense bill Justice IG says report doesn’t assess ‘credibility’ of Russian probe MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Governors criticize Trump move on pre-existing conditions Bipartisan group of senators asks FDA to examine drug shortages Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms MORE (R-La.). McCain's defection, along with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo Amendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP 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 KlobucharAmerica has reason to remember its consumer protection tradition when it comes to privacy Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump MORE (D-Minn.) against Graham and Cassidy in a CNN townhall-style discussion on Monday night.