Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will vote against the latest Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation spearheaded by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C) and Bill Cassidy (La.)
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect [sic] insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.” he said in a statement.
“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition,” McCain wrote. “Far from it. The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.”
The GOP needs 50 GOP senators to support the legislation. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has already said he will vote no. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Friday said she is “leaning against” the bill.