In a surprising turn of events, Trump’s “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill was shot down by Senator McCain and President Trump let him know exactly how he felt about the betrayal.
Trump tweeted out Friday, “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, then deal. Watch!” after one of the biggest let-downs of his presidency.
The tweet came less than an hour after the disappointing proceedings in the senate chambers. He was apparently as surprised as a lot of other members as gasps were heard across the chambers when McCain approached the center of the floor to give his thumbs down vote.
But McCain wasn’t the only GOP lawmaker to surprise the senate. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins also joined Democrats in voting down the “skinny” bill and has come as a great disappointment to the president who has fought hard to give his voters what he promised.
Vice President Pence was among the Republicans campaigning for the bill and attempting to sway McCain’s vote, but apparently the senator’s mind had already been made up. As he waltzed into the senate chambers, he quipped to reporters, “Watch the show.”
After presenting his surprising gesture, McCain gave an emotional speech explaining his decision:
“We’re getting nothing done,” McCain began. “…Something has to be done. We Republicans have looked for a way to end it and replace [Obamacare] with something else without paying a terrible political price. We haven’t found it yet, and I’m not sure we will. All we’ve managed to do is make more popular a policy that wasn’t very popular when we started trying to get rid of it.”
But Republicans can’t help wonder if McCain’s agenda is a little less altruistic. It’s no secret that the senator has been at odds with the president. Earlier this year, McCain found himself with the now-famous Trump dossier in his hands, claiming it came from somewhere else. However, he is still slated to be questioned about his involvement. Then there were the comments Trump made questioning McCain’s heroism that may have ruffled his feathers.
Former talk show host Bill O’Reilly seems to think the whole reason McCain voted down the bill is to get revenge on Trump for those comments. “I think this is about Trump,” O’Reilly told Glenn Beck in an interview. “I think McCain despises Trump so much because of the POW comment during the campaign… I think it’s about McCain basically saying to himself, ‘I really despise Trump and I think Trump should be out of there. I’m going to make it impossible for Trump to have any kind of legislative victories.’ That’s what I think this is about.”
McCain followed up on his sentiments the same day, releasing a statement that reads in part, “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. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”
Is this a well-written speech by a senator trying to justify ill-intentioned actions or the sincere words of a man who believes in his cause?
Only time will tell!