Did McCain just save Obamacare?

John McCain shocked everyone yesterday (Friday, September 22) by saying he won’t be voting for the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal Obamacare next week.

Specifically, McCain reiterated his earlier concerns that the Senate shouldn’t pass legislation that doesn’t follow the regular order — meaning, having committee hearings first, committee votes, and a full Congressional Budget Office analysis of what the bill will actually do to premiums, benefits, and the number of uninsured.

In our latest podcast, taped late last night, Cliff Schecter and I talk through what McCain’s announcement means, whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is dead for now — and even if it is, whether Zombie Repeal can come back again any time soon.

You can listen to this episode below, or on iTunes — and you can subscribe to our premium podcast episodes, which put about half of our episodes behind a paywall — on Patreon.

And here’s a 5-minute snippet below of our earlier podcast, also taped yesterday, before we knew got word that McCain had dropped. Most of it is Obamacare, but we also talk about Russia and a few other topics in the news. You can listen to the entire hour-long episode by subscribing here for only $5 per month.

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7 Responses to “Did McCain just save Obamacare?”

  1. farmbrook says:

    I don’t think McCain deserve any credit. He had an opportunity to help President Obama pass solid healthcare regulations but he refused. So why suddenly, he is being credited with anything. He is a dotard.

  2. NotConvinced says:

    Baby Huck can sing?

  3. NotConvinced says:

    To be fair to Collins, Tu Tu Turtle won’t make his final offer until the day of the vote, if in fact it does come up.

  4. doggiedaddy says:

    You give him way to much credit.
    He didn’t save the ACA he just one upped Trump for dissing.
    For like Trump, he could give 2 shytes about anyone else’s acces to health care or insurance, but pizzing off the Monster of Orange…..Priceless.

  5. Houndentenor says:

    McCain is out. Now Ted Cruz says he won’t vote for it either. Susan Collins still appears to be waffling, but then she’s not going to announce so long as there’s another day of media attention to be had. But Rand Paul out, that’s not enough Republicans even if they can win over Murkowski and Collins. This is over (not that we shouldn’t keep calling).

  6. 沃八达 says:


  7. brel1 says:

    it’s not over. (Don’t know if the fat lady will sing, but til they get the nay votes ——)

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