Senator John McCain has announced his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which is the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a statement released by his office, McCain expressed his concerns about the rushed approach to passing the bill without proper hearings, debate, and analysis. He emphasized the need for a bipartisan approach to healthcare reform and criticized the bill for not meeting that standard.
McCain’s statement outlined his concerns about the potential impact of the bill on his home state of Arizona, stating that it would result in a rushed and inadequate replacement for the ACA, which he believes would harm the most vulnerable citizens. He also expressed concerns about the bill’s potential to disrupt insurance markets and increase costs for those with pre-existing conditions.
Additionally, McCain mentioned that the bill does not have the support of the governors of Arizona, Ohio, and Nevada, three key states that have expanded Medicaid under the ACA. He believes that the bill should be subject to regular order, which would involve hearings, debate, and amendments to ensure that it is thoroughly examined and improved.
This move by McCain deals a significant blow to the Republican Party’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA. With his opposition, it becomes even more challenging for the bill to secure the necessary votes for passage. McCain’s stance reflects his commitment to a more inclusive and deliberative legislative process, one that ensures adequate input from both parties and takes into account the concerns of various stakeholders.