Latest on Healthcare Bill: Senate Democrats Push for Bipartisan legislation After McCain’s ‘No’ Bombshell
Following the bombshell delivered by Arizona Senator John McCain earlier today that effectively crippled GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Senate Democrats have resumed their push for a bipartisan effort to improve the healthcare law most Americans depend on, the Affordable Care Act.
A leading Senate Democrat says she is willing to resume the bipartisan effort to find a better healthcare deal for all Americans than what Graham-Cassidy has to offer.
Washington Democrat Senator, Patty Murray said moments after McCain’s bombshell announcement on GOP healthcare plan that she agrees with the Arizona senator’s decision to seek regular order in the Senate and work with Democrats to pass bills.
“I agree with Senator McCain that the right way to get things done in the Senate—especially on an issue as important to families as their health care—is through regular order and working together to find common ground. I’m still at the table ready to keep working, and I remain confident that we can reach a bipartisan agreement as soon as this latest partisan approach by Republican leaders is finally set aside.”
I agree with @SenJohnMcCain—the right way to get things done is through regular order & working together to find common ground. -PM
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) September 22, 2017
The Democrat Senator added that she is ready to keep working on healthcare and she is confident a bipartisan agreement can be reached as soon as Republicans set aside their latest partisan approach.
Sen. Murray later told the media she was relieved when McCain announced he would vote against Graham-Cassidy.
Other leaders have also either expressed relief or thanked Sen. McCain for having the courage to stand for what he believed in.
House minority leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi released a statement saying that Mccain demonstrated courage on behalf of the American people.
“Once again, John McCain has demonstrated his courage on behalf of the American people. Hopefully now the Senate’s bipartisan Alexander-Murray conversations can proceed. I call upon Speaker Ryan to now initiate a bipartisan effort in the House to improve and update the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Senator McCain’s announcement is good news for America’s families, who have made their voices heard against Trumpcare and for bipartisan cooperation. We thank them and Senator McCain for their strength and determination.”
“I agree with Senator McCain that the right way to get things done in the Senate—especially on an issue as important to families as their health care—is through regular order and working together to find common ground….”
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel thanked McCain while calling him a “hero again and again and now AGAIN.”
Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for being a hero again and again and now AGAIN
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 22, 2017
In recent days Kimmel has blasted Sen. Cassidy, one of the sponsors of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, calling the Louisiana Senator a liar on his ABC show, Jim Kimmel Live, a few times.
Chief sponsor of the Senate Republican healthcare bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he’s not giving up on his bill – “We press on.”
JUST IN: Nancy Pelosi sends letter to Democratic colleagues sharing "good news" of McCain's decision to not support Graham-Cassidy pic.twitter.com/EiZDPzFaFz
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 22, 2017
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