By Shawn Rice
Arizona Senator John McCain’s vote against a “skinny repeal” health care proposal stopped attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare for the 2017 fiscal year is misleading information. Currently, an online theory spread throughout social media is overstating the consequences of McCain’s July 2017 vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act.
On July 28, 2017, McCain joined two Republican colleagues, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Senate Democrats to vote against a so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. Following that vote, a Reddit post gained traction online in which McCain was credited with preventing the GOP’s efforts to put an end to Obamacare.
See, the Republicans have been trying to pass these godawful healthcare bills through a process called budget reconciliation, which, among other things, protects the bill from being filibustered in the Senate and only requires a simple majority of 50 votes (rather than 60, which the Republicans don’t have).
The thing is, the Senate can only consider one budget reconciliation bill per topic per year. Of course, if the bill dies in committee and never comes to an official vote, it doesn’t count- which is why they’ve been able to keep hammering away at the issue.
This bill, though, was allowed to come to the Senate floor, because the Republicans thought they’d secured the votes. Collins, Murkowski and the Democrats would vote no, everyone else would vote yes, and Pence would break the tie. And then McCain completely fucked them. And it was almost certainly a calculated move; he voted to allow the bill to come to the floor. Had McCain allowed it to die in committee, McConnell could have come back with yet another repeal bill; but he let it come to a vote, and now they can’t consider another budget reconciliation bill for the rest of the fiscal year. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass any kind of healthcare reform now.
So now they’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Either they concede defeat on the issue and try again later (causing a big, unpopular stink that could damage elections if they try it before the midterms, or risking losing the slim majority they already have if they wait) or they actually sit down with the democrats like adults and write a halfway decent healthcare bill.
— Steve Simitzis Ⓥ (@s5) July 28, 2017
However, the claim is incorrect, according to research from VOX. Currently, the congressional record shows that the bill itself has been returned to the Senate calendar. However, it is currently unclear when the deadline would expire for a budget reconciliation bill.
But back to whether McCain actually killed the chance to repeal Obamacare. None of the health proposals rejected in the Senate — not the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), nor Obamacare Go to the full article.
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