Mc­Cain was ex­pected to save the bill, but in­stead be­came the ex­e­cu­tioner

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON» John Mc­Cain seemed poised to be the sav­ior of the GOP health bill when he re­turned to the Capi­tol de­spite a brain can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

He turned out to be the ex­e­cu­tioner. The long­time Ari­zona sen­a­tor stunned pretty much every­one Fri­day by turn­ing on his party and his pres­i­dent and join­ing two other GOP sen­a­tors in vot­ing “no” on the Repub­li­cans’ fi­nal ef­fort to re­peal “Oba­macare.”

That killed the bill. And it also dealt what looks like a death blow to the GOP’s years of prom­ises to get rid of Barack Obama’s health law, pledges that helped the GOP win con­trol of the House, the Se­nate and the White House. It was a mo­ment burn­ing with drama, irony and con­tra­dic­tions, play­ing out live on a tense Se­nate floor. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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