Wednesday, July 26, 2017
For a Guy On Death's Doorstep, He Can Still Come Out Swinging.
Yes, Arizona senator John McCain did return to Washington to cast the essential vote allowing the Republicans to go ahead and debate health care, the first step to abolishing the Affordable Care Act. But then McCain delivered a couple of hard shots to his Republican leadership and fellow senators.
He blasted the path taken by Republican leaders “coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it was better than nothing.
“I don’t think that’s going to work in the end, and it probably shouldn’t,” he said.
Debates in the Senate have become “more partisan, more tribal, more of the time than at any time I can remember,” he lamented.
With President Donald Trump threatening electoral retribution for Republicans who don’t toe the line, McCain urged senators to stand up for their own constitutional status.
“Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the president’s subordinates,” he said. “We are his equal!”
People with health care problems had speculated on social media how McCain would vote, and his decision disappointed many. Addressing concerns that tens of millions will lose coverage if the Republican bill becomes law, McCain said the process is far from over.
“I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue,” he said. “I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It’s a shell of a bill right now.”