Sen. John McCain said on Friday that he will not vote in favor of the latest bill aimed to repeal Obamacare, potentially dooming the Republican-sponsored measure, Gateway Pundit reports.
Without the Arizona senator’s vote, the prospect of the GOP overhauling the Affordable Care Act becomes dim as they could fall short of the needed 50 votes next week to pass the legislation drafted by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.”
The proposal is the Senate Republicans’ last best chance at overhauling the Obama-era health-care law before a Sept. 30 deadline.
Sen. Graham, one of the authors of the repeal bill, is McCain’s closest friend in the chamber.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has already said he would not support the bill. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she is “leaning against” the bill, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she is on the fence.