Although Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was the 51st and deciding vote against the Senate’s last attempt to repeal Obamacare, he is widely expected to vote for the latest iteration.
That’s because the author is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The two Republicans are thick as thieves, and the bounty Graham wants McCain to help him steal is health insurance for 32 million Americans.
According to witnesses to a phone call in Reagan International Airport in Washington, DC, the buddies may not be sticking together on this one.
The AP’s Calvin Woodward reports that Graham acknowledged his bill’s “imperfections” but implored McCain to seize the “historic opportunity,” saying, “We’re going to vote. Everyone will be held accountable.”
“With all its imperfections, I hope you can [vote for the Obamacare repeal],” Graham told his friend.
Graham’s office neither disputed the quotes, nor denied that McCain was on the call.
Make no mistake, Graham-Cassidy could very easily pass the Senate next week and become law. That would mean not only a loss of coverage for ten percent of Americans but higher costs for working families, the end of preexisting condition protection, and the deaths of thousands.
McCain remains undecided on the bill. It is critical that each of us calls our Senators and demands a NO vote on this deadly attempt to end Obamacare. Call 202-224-3121 and tell your Senators that lives depend on their opposition to Graham-Cassidy. And so do their jobs.
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Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com