Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) on Tuesday both threw their support behind a bipartisan deal to continue paying ObamaCare subsidies for low-income Americans that President Trump ended.
“While this deal certainly doesn’t solve all the problems caused by Obamacare, it shows that good faith, bipartisan negotiations can achieve consensus on lasting reform. … I look forward to voting in support of this bill,” McCain said in a statement.
Murkowski in a separate statement called the proposal a “short-term deal,” saying it was “an important step as we work towards long-term solutions.”
Murkowski and McCain both voted against the ObamaCare repeal bill in July. McCain also publicly opposed a proposal last month from GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.) to turn ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion into a block grant.
He added on Tuesday that he hopes the agreement from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) — the top members on the Senate Health Committee — is “a sign of increased bipartisanship moving forward.”