Sen. John McCain announced his opposition Friday to his Republican colleagues’ last-ditch ObamaCare overhaul bill, in a major blow to GOP leaders’ scramble to pass the legislation in the Senate next week.
The Arizona Republican senator was considered a key vote, as one of just three wavering GOP senators.
His opposition could help doom the bill, though the position of two other Republican senators is not yet clear.
McCain announced his decision in a lengthy written statement, effectively saying that the bill from Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was being rushed.
“I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process,” he said.
“We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. …“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.”