Trump Berates McCain For Opposing GOP’s Latest Health Care Reform Bill

Trump Berates McCain For Opposing GOPs Latest Health Care Reform Bill

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to berate Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., for letting down Arizona voters by opposing the latest GOP effort to overhaul Obamacare.

McCain issued a statement Friday announcing that he could not, “in good conscience,” support the proposal known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, which was co-authored by Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of McCain’s closest allies in the Senate, and Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La.

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” McCain said.

“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill’s authors are my dear friends,” he added.

Trump asserted in one Saturday tweet that “John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!”

Citing statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services, Trump also tweeted that Arizona experienced a 116-percent increase in premiums under Obamacare in 2016.

Trump claimed in the tweet that McCain, who cast the deciding vote against the most recent Republican proposal to repeal Obamacare, was influenced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., who supposedly “sold” McCain “a bill of goods.”

The Graham-Cassidy bill seeks to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and remove the individual and employer mandates required under Obamacare.

In a statement released Thursday, the National Association of Medicaid directors criticized the legislation, claiming it would place an unmanageable financial burden on the states.

Trump addressed that complaint in a tweet, noting that “Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do. Better control & management. Great for Arizona.”

Passage of the Graham-Cassidy bill is dependent upon support from at least 50 of the 52 Republicans in the Senate.

However, Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she is leaning toward voting no on the legislation.

Moreover, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., has said he is not in favor of Graham-Cassidy because it does not fully repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In another Saturday tweet, Trump suggested that Paul might reconsider his position and vote for Graham-Cassidy “for the good of the party.”

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