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McCain: Obama Thanked Me for My Vote to Save Obamacare

Before he cast his dramatic vote in the wee hours of the morning to kill his partys best Obamacare repeal effort, Sen. John McCain took a call from Donald Trump urging him to reconsider. By that point, the Arizona Republican had already made up his mind, and would, as he put it, politely rebuff the president. Moments later, McCain wandered on to the floor and dramatically thrust his thumb down, signaling his no vote. The moment earned McCain plaudits from Democrats along with the ire of Trump. It also got…

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Obamacare: US senate votes down ‘skinny repeal’ of health bill after revolt by John McCain

Senators argued late into the night but a partial healthcare repeal was defeated with the maverick Arizona senator proving crucial for the loss Arizona senator John McCain provided a historic and critical vote to torpedo the Obamacare repeal bill and with it Donald Trumps legislative agenda in a night of high drama on Capitol Hill. McCain, who only returned to Washington earlier this week after a diagnosis of brain cancer, joined fellow Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in voting down the so-called skinny repeal bill…

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US senate vote on ‘skinny’ repeal of Obamacare goes down to the wire

Some holdout Republicans had agreed to vote for repeal only on condition that it will trigger a congressional conference committee Senate Republican leaders unveiled their so-called skinny repeal bill denounced by conservatives as a fraud and a disaster in an eleventh-hour push to pass a pared-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act. After three days of debate and seven years of promises to repeal Barack Obamas healthcare law, Republicans introduced a far less ambitious measure that the leadership hoped would muster at least 50 votes. The bill was made public…

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John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service cant excuse his yes vote in the Senate John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite his own ill health, when it came to the decision of whether to take other peoples healthcare away, he cast a decisive vote in the wrong direction. Addressing his fellow lawmakers, McCain dreamed up entirely by men. Politics appears…

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John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, spokesman says

Statement reveals brain tumor known as glioblastoma was removed along with blood clot above senators right eye during surgery last Friday John McCain, the Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was removed from McCain along with a blood clot in a surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. McCains office had only previously announced that the blood clot had been removed from above the 80-year-olds left eye. The Mayo Clinic said…

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John McCain predicts Republican healthcare bill will fail

Unpopular bill further imperilled after senators returned to their states and faced constituents strongly opposed to it A senior US Republican senator has predicted that the bill to roll back Obamacare would probably fail, adding to strongly opposed to it. Senators return to Washington on Monday. The Senate bill keeps much of Obamacare intact but strips away most of its funding. It repeals most Obamacare taxes, overhauls the laws tax credits and ends its Medicaid expansion. It also goes beyond repealing Obamacare by cutting funding for the Medicaid program beginning…

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