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Trump Says McCain Is ‘The Only Reason’ Obamacare Hasn’t Been Repealed

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump laid the blame of the Republican Party’s push to repeal and replace Obamacare on the shoulders of Sen. John McCain in a Monday interview on the radio program “Rick & Bubba.”

“You can call it what you want, but that’s the only reason we don’t have it, because of John McCain,” Trump said on the program. “Without John McCain, we already have the health care.”

McCain shot down Republicans’ last attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the “Skinny Repeal,” in late July. The Arizona senator, along with Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, was one of three “no” votes in the contentious 49-51 vote on the skinny repeal.

McCain will still likely be a “no” vote on Graham-Cassidy because the bill is not going through regular order.

“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,” he said in a statement Friday.

“Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions,” McCain said.

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