Starring John McCain...
After months of uneasiness and a week of tension, we seem to be alright for now.
Early Friday morning, around 2 a.m., the United States Congress rejected the motion of a “skinny bill” with the intentions to repeal and replace Obamacare. This was a relief for many people across the country, liberal and conservative alike. The day seemed to be “saved” by none other than “maverick” John McCain, as he came to the people's rescue with the buzzer-beater type finesse of Reggie Miller, and the cliff-hanging agony of a daytime drama.
Throughout his campaign, 45 made promises of immediate efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In the first months of his term, congressional Republicans have provided these immediate efforts, but have only had vague claims of slight progress to show for it. The incessant pushes to do away with the 2010-implemented healthcare program have resulted in the presenting of a house bill, the American Health Care Act; and its Senate revision, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
In March of this year, the AHCA was presented to the public, but by the end of the month was pulled off the floor of the House of Representatives moments before a vote. The bill finally passed through the House by a slim margin in May of this year. The president, while content with the success of the AHCA, informed the Senate (in so many words) that they should take the bill in a new direction; thus giving birth to a slightly better alternative, the BCRA. After a vote delay on the BCRA, the Senate came back with an updated version however, a procedural vote was again delayed after John McCain’s cancer diagnosis earlier this month.
Despite his diagnosis and subsequent procedure, John McCain appeared back on the floor this week. On Tuesday, he voted in favor of carrying out the vote on the new “skinny bill”; an unseen proposal from the Senate.
So, Congress was voting on voting for/against something they had not even seen yet.
If you got on the internet at all on Tuesday or Wednesday, you probably saw a lot of John McCain slander for his adamancy on voting for this skinny bill. Many thought (myself included) that Senator McCain’s support of the vote insinuated his support of the bill. However, when the time came around for congressmen and women to cast their votes, McCain, along with Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, broke from the Republican Party to kill motion of the skinny bill.
If this bill were to have been written into law, upwards of 30 million Americans would have been uninsured by 2027.
So, guys, we can breathe easy for the time being. Governmental Republican Revenge is off of our radar at the moment.
I just wish they hadn't made a soap opera out of my healthcare.