Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona reportedly released a statement last Friday stating that he cannot “in good conscience” vote for the GOP’s latest plan to basically overhaul Obamacare, which will possibly affects the Republican’s party’s effort to cancel and replace the Affordable Care Act.
McCain said, “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. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will (affect) insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”
The senator’s vote could mean that by September 30, the proposed changes by the said bill will not be able to cancel and replace the Obamacare. This was also after the fact that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he would not back Graham-Cassidy and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has said she is leaning “no” on the proposal. Although not all Republican senators’ votes have been cleared yet since Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote is still unclear. Apart from this, it is still uncertain if senators on the fence would support a procedural motion on the bill even if they decide there are against it.
Under the process of reconciliation, Republicans need to have at least 50 votes to pass the measure.