Three Repub­li­cans de­rail ‘skinny re­peal’ ma­neu­vers

Woonsocket Call - - Seniors -

Af­ter seven years of vow­ing to re­peal and re­place Pres­i­dent Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act, nick­named “Oba­macare,” Con­gres­sional GOP ef­forts went down in flames on Fri­day when Sens. John McCain of Ari­zona, Su­san Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted nay in sup­port­ing the Se­nate Repub­li­can’s “skinny” re­place­ment bill.

McCain, giv­ing his no vote with a thumb­down ges­ture, left Repub­li­can sen­a­tors gasp­ing and Demo­cratic sen­a­tors clap­ping. The 80-year old sen­a­tor, re­cently di­ag­nosed with an ag­gres­sive brain can­cer, had flown back to vote. The sen­a­tor’s vote was con­sid­ered the de­ci­sive vote to de­rail the GOP’s long­time ef­forts to re­peal and re­place Oba­macare. fu­ture with the ad­min­is­tra­tion in jeop­ardy."

Af­ter Zinke’s call, Murkowski, who chairs the Se­nate and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee, sent a mes­sage back to the In­te­rior sec­re­tary and Trump. Over­see­ing the agen­cies con­fir­ma­tion process, a com­mit­tee hear­ing on nom­i­na­tions to the In­te­rior and En­ergy de­part­ments was “post­poned in­def­i­nitely” with no rea­son given, stated the Alaska Dis­patch News.

Fi­nally, early Fri­day, by a vote of 49-51, Se­nate Repub­li­cans failed to re­peal Oba­macare, with three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors —McCain, Collins and Murkowski — join­ing 48 Democrats to vote against the “skinny” re­peal bill. McCain’s rep­u­ta­tion as a po­lit­i­cal mav­er­ick was ev­i­dent when he voted against GOP Se­nate lead­er­ship. This vote may be con­sid­ered his po­lit­i­cal legacy.

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