The final attempt to repeal Obamacare is on the table today and Republicans are nervous about its chances for survival in the face of total Democrat opposition and the handful of turncoat Republicans not supporting the bill.
Every vote counts to keep the fight for repealing Obamacare alive and it’s unclear if Republicans will finally keep their word or continue to betray voters. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) surprised everyone in a tweet saying he’d be there for the vote and Trump is thrilled, tweeting, “So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John.”
Senator McCain has been in the hospital recovering from a surgery to remove a two-inch blood clot from a spot above his left eye last week. The clot was found during a routine physical and tests confirmed that the Senator has glioblastoma, a severe brain tumor.
Dr. David J. Langer, a chairman of neurosurgery of the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, says the surgery was a relatively straightforward process and that the Senator “would be able to return to being a senator in a relatively short period of time with no ill effects.” (via New York Times)
Sure enough, Senator McCain seems to have recovered quickly as he announced yesterday in a tweet his intent to vote against Obamacare today, saying, “Look forward to returning to Senate tomorrow to continue work on health care reform, defense bill & #RussiaSanctions” (via John McCain Twitter)
Trump was thrilled with McCain’s intention to be there and sent out a tweet early this morning expressing his delight. “So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John.” (via Donald J. Trump Twitter)
McCain made it clear in the past that he would support the efforts to overthrow Obamacare and many are hopeful for a “yes” vote from him today. McCain’s vote is critical, as many are still worried over the four Republican turncoats who voted “no” to the measure last week.
As it stands, Democrats as a whole have committed to voting “no” and one Republican for sure has refused to change her mind, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). The other three Republicans who opposed the motion last week have remained undecided or unclear about their intentions.
Senator McCain has brain cancer and a long road ahead of him. Will you pray for him?
Trump has been very critical of the four Republicans. Monday, during an event at the White House, Trump expressed his frustration with the Republicans who opposed the repeal effort, criticizing those who ran for office on the promise to “repeal and replace” yet ended up failing to do “their job.” (via CNN)
He issued this final warning to those Senators who ultimately oppose the effort to repeal Obamacare today, “The question for every senator, Democrat or Republican, is whether they will side with Obamacare’s architects, which have been so destructive to our country, or with its forgotten victims. Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, which is what it is.” (via CNN)
Hopefully Trump’s efforts with the GOP and the return of Senator McCain will convince Republicans as a whole to fulfill their promises to voters and push forward the Obamacare repeal. If it turns out that some Republicans fail to keep their promises and the motion is shut down today, then we need to start working to replace them with representatives who will actually keep their word.