McCain got the applause — Murkowski and Collins did more to defeat Trumpcare!

Senators Collins and Murkowski with some clown

Early Friday morning, Sen. John McCain showed up to work with cancer and cast the final, and most dramatic vote, to block his party’s effort to repeal Obamacare. He received a round of applause from Democrats, cheers from protesters outside the capitol, and reportedly said of his vote, “I thought it was the right thing to do.”

But two other Republicans were at least equally — and perhaps more — instrumental in killing the latest, and maybe final version of the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare: Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.

And they displayed their concern for working class voters long before McCain’s concern for details.

Collins, the moderate four-term Republican from Maine, was one of the first senators to come out against the earliest Senate version of a repeal-and-replace bill. She hasn’t wavered since. Collins was one of two Republican senators to vote “no” on the motion to move Trumpcare in its multiple and sometimes yet-to-be specified incarnations to the Senate floor for debate…

Collins — along with all other Republican women — were excluded from the working group that designed the initial version of the Senate bill…

The second Republican to oppose the final “skinny repeal” measure was Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who along with Collins was the only other Republican to oppose the motion to proceed and was also threatened by a male colleague from the other chamber in the days leading up to the vote…

Ultimately, McCain swooped in to save the day in dramatic fashion. He deserves the praise he is getting for it. But it was Murkowski and Collins more than anybody that ensured the defeat of Trumpcare, and maybe the survival of Obamacare.

McCain hasn’t spent a day of his life without socialized medicine providing his care. From birth to a military father, he has been covered.

6 thoughts on “McCain got the applause — Murkowski and Collins did more to defeat Trumpcare!

  1. Reality ✓ says:

    “Frustrated in defeat, Trump threatens healthcare of voters — and lawmakers” [Los Angeles Times]
    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon! 9:27 AM – 29 Jul 2017
    “Trump Rages About Senate Rules In Saturday Morning Tirade” [Daily Beast]
    “Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “They look like fools and are just wasting time…The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”
    “The worst is yet to come” [Washington Post]

  2. Purple-K says:

    Several websites have dredged up erroneous details of a deadly naval accident to smear U.S. Sen. John McCain and his service record after his vote against a GOP health care bill. see also U.S. Navy, “Copy of findings, recommendations and opinions of investigations into fire on board USS Forrestal (CVA 59) and First, Second and Third endorsements thereon,” Aug. 21, 1969

  3. PrayThroughHistory says:

    Why are pro choice liberals so anti choice on this issue? We have millions holding a piece of paper called a health policy, but are cut out if actual care because they get no help until they pay $5-10k per person per year?!? Please help us have choice, my friends!

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