By Jason Taylor
Bravo! Perhaps John McCain watched himself on PBS last night, interviewed in his hospital bed after being shot down and captured in Hanoi in 1967. I did, and I was inspired to think that he would heed his better angels and not the repulsive men running the White House and Senate.
Although I doubt very much that this was behind his thinking, had he agreed to vote for the bill, John McCain would have been in essence saying (as most of his Republican colleagues in the Senate) that only those lucky enough to have a high-paying job with health insurance deserves to receive the treatment needed to save their lives and the lives of their family.
And as is the case with all of those in the Senate, that life-saving insurance is paid for by the taxpayers. What is good enough for those who represent us should be good enough for all of us who pay their way.
Every resident of this country owes Senator McCain a thank-you. This bill would have devastated Medicaid, destabilized the insurance industry and penalized people with pre-existing conditions. Hopefully, our Representatives and Senators will finally accept the fact that the majority of Americans like the coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act.
McCain is a Man with a True Sense of Honor. With his decision to vote No, maybe other republicans will decide to stick their tails between the legs, admit defeat and follow His lead.
“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 affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.” — John McCain