Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's year two won't be about bipartisanship Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Ariz.) said Friday that he voted against the "skinny" repeal of ObamaCare because he did not believe it would “actually reform our health care system” and ensure Americans have proper coverage.
"While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens,” McCain said in his first statement after voting to kill the bill.
"The Speaker's statement that the House would be ‘willing’ to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.”
McCain cast the crucial surprise vote that killed the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning and, at least temporarily, ended Republican hopes of dismantling former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaA needed warning for Yemen's rebels — and for our allies and enemies alike What Joe Biden can learn from Harry Truman's failed steel seizure Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team MORE’s signature legislation.
Before voting, McCain would not say how he would vote but told reporters to “wait for the show” as he arrived for the vote in the Senate chamber.
Later, McCain was seen giving Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law There is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections Trump sold off the Arctic Refuge — Congress must end this risky boondoggle MORE (R-Alaska) a thumbs down, signaling his intentions.
Voting shortly after midnight, McCain, who returned to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer the week prior, joined Murkowski, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe Democrats face scaled-back agenda after setbacks MORE (R-Maine) and all Democrats in opposing the bill that would have repealed key parts of ObamaCare.
McCain said that he’s repeated time and time again that one of the “major failures” of Obamacare was that it was “rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote.”
“We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace,” McCain said.
“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”