McCain backs Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal effort

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that he supports a newer version of an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace , throwing some support behind the last-ditch effort.

said he backs a bill from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would convert ObamaCare spending into block grants for states.

Asked if he supported it, McCain told reporters, “Yes. You think I wouldn’t be?”

Graham is one of McCain’s closest friends.

McCain was one of three crucial Republican votes that killed the GOP repeal effort in July.

He at the time called repeatedly for the Senate to return to “regular order,” meaning a bill would go through a committee first.

“If it’s not through regular order then it’s a mistake, but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t vote for it,” McCain said when asked about his previous statements.

In a statement later in the day on Wednesday, McCain took a step back from his earlier comments, saying he still needed to see the final bill and that committee hearings are in fact necessary.

“As I have said all along, any effort to replace Obamacare must be done through the regular order of committee hearings, open debate and amendments from both sides of the aisle,” McCain said in a statement.

 

 

 

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