Sen. John McCain almost certainly just killed TrumpCare — and gave a boost to managed-care stocks such as UnitedHealth (UNH) and Centene (CNC). The Arizona Republican declared that he couldn´t "in good conscience" vote for the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with block grants to states. John McCain?Verified account @SenJohnMcCain I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach. The news brought a sudden turnaround in managed-care stocks, though much of that was short-lived. Shares of Centene, whose fortunes are more tied to the ObamaCare exchanges and Medicaid
Comments: McVain a great gift to the insurance industry. Someone should check if he owns these stocks.
McCain cares about publicity and being a big shot. If this betrayal costs Republicans the House in 2018 McCain could care less. If Americans end up with crushing taxes and low quality medical care i.e. "single payer" (which is what socialized medicine always turns out to be) McCain could care less. If Arizonians have a means to recall or impeach him, they ought to do it. He is a real menace to America´s health care system.
So why was it left up to these two to write a bill that forever will keep kicking our country in the pants! We don´t have any REAL republicans-conservatives to write a fantastic bill? We voted these losers into office with their promise to do this one thing we asked them to do. They should all now leave DC immediately and stay at home...with no pay and no more bennies! PERIOD Executive order!
Graham-Cassidy keeps Obamacare pretty much intact. It just moves the money around. Leave ACA in place, and when it finally crashes spectacularly, let Chuckie and Nancy and the rest of the donks own it.
As for Johnny Mac, I challenge him to name one instance where "bipartisanship" ever benefited the GOP or the American people. Any time you try to make a deal with the dims wear glove ´cause you´re gonna wind up holding the stinky brown end of the stick.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Anyone really surprised Graham-Cassidy failed? All McCain has done is reinforce the public´s perception of him as a corrupt incompetent Senator. The other thing that has been reinforced is the public´s perception of our worthless Congress. Trump comes out of this unscathed. Congress failed, not him. The biggest loser is the public that still has to overpay for healthcare insurance. Next few elections should be real interesting. So many in Congress deserve to be sent packing.
I usually agree with #9, but not this time. Because of arcane Senate rules, the time for a 50% vote to do anything ends on September 30. After that, Trump will get nothing. This was not perfect, but it was a decent beginning,
Just answer this, Judas McCain, when Obamacare was rammed through the Democrats Senate and House, how much consulting did they do with the Republican Party? If you had one ounce of decency you would resign, but you dont, stabbing your President and your constituents that voted for your sorry self in hopes you would follow through on your promises. Filthy traitor.
McPain sure knows how to kill a friendship. Lindsey was his BFF.
Why do we need national health insurance ? We were okay before Zippycare with one exception: getting those with pre-ex medical problems covered. That was an easy fix. They are still trying to reinvent the wheel.
Not one of these morons have said anything about getting rid of government paid navigators and letting licensed agents sell insurance.
He has been a tremendous supporter of Nobama, and protects him still to the end.
I´m sorry about his brain cancer, but it is affecting his judgement. He has been portrayed as a "maverick" but not he is just insane. Unbelievably he screwed over his loyal disciple Lindsay Grahmnesty on this.
When the travesty known as Obamacare was passed on Christmas Eve before the demonrat socialists lost their power by the tumultuous repudiation of Nobama in 2010 NOT ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN foted in favor of it.
We were promised that ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN and "show votes" were taken and now most of the ´republicans´ are in bed with the RINOs.
We are going to end up with "single payer" BernieCare and 180 million who have insurance now will be out on their *ss because EVERYONE will have to pay for it.
Its sick to hear McPain´s campaign ads where he talks about doing away with what he just supported. Bi-partisanship? This is all about stiffing Mr. Trump and the RINOs who did actually try to find something different.
While still going to the federal government it was to let the STATES decide how the money confiscated was spent. Nobamacare gave some subsidies early on, but 37 states decided not to take them because then THEY were always going to be on the hook after that ended.
McCain aka Capt. Queeg is a spiteful Bas**rd! He is very jealous of President Trump, because this old fool ran twice for President and lost (THANK GOD). McCain pulled this same crap with GWB when he won the Presidency, spiteful McLoon turned into his enemy. I hope Lindsey Graham gets the wake-up call this man is not your friend. McCain fantasizes when he says “My friends across the aisle” Truth be told this wicked no good person has no friends.
I can´t disagree with all of the unflattering things said about this old fool and all of the turncoat reasons given for his behavior. But its not that complicated. McCain is NEVER going to vote for any bill that can be construed as a win for Trump. In his mind Trump insulted him with the remark that heroes don´t get captured. Its personal -- and always will be. Depending on McCain is a fool´s errand.
The GOPe did the math long ago, and realized that repeal of Ovomitcare would potentially cost them a lot of power, and maybe even (GASP) votes from the dependent class... not to mention that the enemedia would call them names and stuff! Most of them NEVER intended to see it repealed. #43 failed. Robertsthetraitor failed, so we´re stuck with relying on those spineless weasels to get rid of it.
As long as we´re in this position, I recommend that we henceforth refer to this abominable mess as Obamamccaincare; in "honor" of this double-crossing weasel.
Obamacare will have to wither on the vine then. I hope the AARP and AMA suffer great financial losses for unleashing this anti-American ploy on US. Barack Hussein was a devious and very evil Alinskyite.
Someone yesterday noted that its McCain´s bitter hatred of Trump that is causing this total recalcitrance. I think that is in there, and maybe some of his meds as well, but from what I have seen of the man over the years, he revels in being called a maverick, a narcissism of its own, and has also had a very nasty side to him as well.
And I also think Trump is a fool with comments like heroe´s don´t get captured, Ted Cruz´s father was involved in the JFK assassination and now, to an unhinged leader who above all wants to save face (or should) Rocketman! Totally unnecessary and non-productive, even very detrimental. Sometimes Trump acts like a bully in the schoolyard and it makes it hard and embarrassing to support him,, even when, on the other hand,. he does some very good things, believe me.
McCain has become a lapdog for Chuckie Schummer. He talks about being bipartisan. Where was bipartisan under Obama and Obamacare. It didn´t exist. McCain has already forgotten the most stupid words ever spoken by Pelosi when she said about Obamacare, you have to pass the bill before you can see whats inside of it. And McCain talks about being bipartisan. The man has let his hatred of Thrump screw the entire country. Time for him to go. Got it.
There was nothing wrong with Trump´s comment about McCain. It was actually very intelligent and valorous. For those who are not aware, McCain charged that Trump and his supporters are "crazies". Now, did he really mean they are all crazy, or did he mean their policies are crazy? It is absurd to say the people are crazy, but not so crazy for a lefty to say the policies are crazy. If you view his comment about policies, then Trump´s response makes great sense. McCain prides himself on surrendering to the Democrats. Surrendering is not the act of a hero. In addition, Trump did the honourable thing of defending his supporters. McCain´s crude remark was not left unchallenged and Trump did a magnificent job of challenging it. Just look at the response of the exposed McCain. McCain is a weak person with an oversized ego. He makes a fool of himself trying to discredit Trump.
The media spin is simply the expected calculated response.
I smell a rat. So this healthcare vote can be swayed by one doddering old fool´s vote? One who is dying and is fond of one of the authors of the bill? How about the Republicans really don´t want to pass the bill and McCain just gave them the excuse they needed for their reelection? We´ll see.
The successful bill needs to be in two parts, the second being predicated upon the first. Part 1, complete repeal. None of the taxes, mandates, rules and Medicaid expansion should survive. Each one has the potential to be expanded and abused by the government in the future. Kill it all.
Part 2, multiple levels of coverage like before obamacare from inexpensive minimum care with high deductible (popular with young people) up to cadillac coverage. Allow pre-existing conditions for the long term, catastrophic diseases like cancer but not for broken arms or the flu. NO coverage for convenience devices like stair lifts or wheelchairs. All of it administered by private insurance sold online and/or across state lines. No discounts or group rates, everybody is on the same scale. The poor and the gimmedats must buy insurance before they can have cable TV or cell phones or alcohol or cigarettes. (Believe me, they will find the money) No exemptions for congress or any government official or special interest group, everybody lives with it.
You may deposit my congressional paycheck anytime, direct deposit preferred, after booting out every lemming democrat and fake conservative.
McCain was not the only one to vote against the bill, but the most visible. If you polled them they would all say that they are against Obamacare as they have said in the past just to get the votes so what is the real reason for the nay vote? Would any of them say they approve of the drastic raise in premiums and co-pays -- of course not. Then why are they putting themselves above the American people who will suffer the most? Traitors all!!
#38 Trump did make a comment about McLoon in Alabama last night….
Trump looked to the audience after he made a comment about McCain and muttered “there are some stories I could tell you.” I’m sure Trump was referring to John the Traitor who is known as “Song Bird” who sold out on the USA in Vietnam just in three days after being captured, he sang like a bird and told all the US secrets. This is a known fact and the other prisioners there hated him. From that day he spewed his guts he got the royal treatment. He was never tourured those injuries was because he didn’t know how to open his parachute. By the way the Viet-Cong officers gave him that scarlet name “Song Bird”. Google it and see whose name comes up.
McCain is currently the Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee, and also sits on both the Indian Affairs and the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committees. McConnell needs to immediately strip McCain of these positions and reassign him to the lowliest, most insignificant sub-committee there is. To allow McCain to torpedo Obamacare Repeal a second time without consequence to his Senate standing would mark McConnell as an impotent, feckless leader.
What if Hillary had planned to make McCain Sec. of Defense in her admin. Dems love to choose a Republican for that position to show bipartisanship. That would have been the biggest get for McQueeg and a real punch back at Trump for his anti hero comment. Another reason for McCain´s visceral hate for Trump and why he´s flailing at everything to prove he´s still worthy.
The reality is he´s nothing but a overrated showboater without a boat.
Rush always says that WE play on the Democrats´ playing field and as usual how brilliantly correct he is.
Why in God´s name is there no discussion from even our Freedom Caucus members, that government has no place in healthcare, PERIOD.
We need to get government out completely. No back to the states crap, but rather back to the free market. Medicare and Medicaid MUST slowly be eliminated. If they are not, then government healthcare will become the norm. Also, do not let elected officials use the non-threatening and totally incomprehensible phrase "single payer." That term only obfuscates what this really will be and that is government run, top to bottom, VA and Motor Vehicles style healthcare. Except for the very wealthy, Mr. Kimmel and our fat cat politicians.
I´ve recently gone on Medicare and I HATE IT. I don´t see why everyone thinks it´s great. My healthcare expenses have only gone up.
I wish our Freedom Caucus members would come up with a way to let market forces apply,
Consider this little story as a parable that may help to understand a bitter, vindictive old John McCain.
Ivan and Boris were dirt-poor peasant neighbors in Czarist Russia. One day Ivan discovered a lamp while digging potatoes. He picked it up and polished it, and a genie appeared, offering Ivan a wish. Ivan, a generous and considerate soul, wished for a nanny goat so that his family could have milk, and lo, the goat appeared. So happy was Ivan that he told Boris about his good fortune, and then gave Boris the lamp as a gift. Boris, a bitter, mean and jealous man, took the lamp into his hovel and began to polish it. Of course, the genie appeared and offered Boris a wish, telling him that he could have gold, jewels, a herd of goats ... that is, anything he desired. Without further thought, Boris responded "I wish for Ivan´s goat to die!"
In the last ten years, has he offered one, single solution for anything? Or does he sit back and pontificate and let bills run under his nose so he can sniff them to see if he can screw people or not. He is a disgrace.
If Mitch McConnell were really and truly PO´d at Johnny Maverick and his sellout, he would take away the one thing that McCain really and truly cherishes: the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee. And kick him completely off the committee.
One of the more obvious things about the Trump economy is how much better it is than the Obama economy. Yet incredibly, President Obama, as if jealously looking on at this night-and-day difference, is trying to claim credit for it. From the Washington Times: Former President Barack Obama is taking credit for the robust economic growth that is taking place under President Trump. At a conference of mayors in Chicago, Mr. Obama congratulated himself Tuesday for strong employment numbers in the U.S. this year, saying his climate-change policies have contributed to growth.
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