It’s no secret that Senator John McCain has been on the anti-Trump bandwagon lately, but the statement he made after voting down Obamacare reform shocked everyone.
Pro-Trump activist Jack Posobiec tweeted Saturday, “Multiple Hill staffers confirm last night McCain was heard laughing with Dems and remarked, ‘Let’s see Donald make America great again now.’”
McCain seemed to have this jovial conversation with several democrats after delivering his final blow of denouncing the repeal once and for all despite last-ditch efforts by House speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump to make him see reason.
“Stunned gasps and some applause echoed throughout the chamber” as Senator McCain voted “no” with a downward hand gesture.
He told reporters afterwards that he thought “it was the right vote. I do my job as a senator.”
The vote comes as no surprise to some as he has signaled his negative views of repealing Obamacare many times. Apparently, his mind was already made up. He even told reporters as he strutted into senate chambers that morning, “Watch the show.”
He stated to several Democrats within the chambers, “Let’s get this over with.”
He also remarked prior to Friday morning, “I am convinced that we can move forward but we have to have assurances that we will go through a normal process. Right now, that is not the case. And we do not have the assurances.”
He stated, “We can’t make the same mistake we made in 2009. We’ve got to have Republicans and Democrats together.”
McCain has now become sort of a spokesperson and a hero to those who were adamantly opposed to the bill.
Senator Chris Coons said, “I was trying not to jump up and down and smile,” sharing the enthusiasm of many Democrats who were ecstatic to see Obama’s original healthcare reform act stay in place.
But some were still unsure where he stood until the final vote.
Senator Bill Cassidy stated that he “thought he was a ‘yes’ and had been told he was a ‘yes’ when I came to the floor.” He said he that when he found out there were issues, he “thought they might be resolved. And then they were not.”
And Cassidy is not alone. Other Republicans expressed their disappointment as well:
Senator Richard Burr said, “Disappointed. I never comment on the way people vote. But I’m disappointed that we don’t have an opportunity.”
Senator Richard Shelby shared his sentiments, “Well, we had 49 people and had three that didn’t come through. Tough night.”
President Trump’s final thoughts were tweeted out later in the day: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”
In the end, McCain seemed to have concede, making the statement that “I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace.”