Throwback: That Time When McCain Vowed to Overthrow Obamacare [Video]

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We aren’t exactly sure if John McCain remembers or not — maybe a side effect of his brain cancer — but in 2016 he campaigned as ‘leading the fight against’ Obamacare, but just this past Thursday he seems to have betrayed his own vow. Politicians, right? Only as good as their word, which means they’re worthless and full of sh*t. His vote this week decided if the repeal of Obamacare would move forward, and he chose to keep it and block the repeal bill. During the time of the voting he was very buddy-buddy with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), whom has been pushing to block the repeal bill. The throwback video shows McCain targeting Ann Kirkpatrick for her support of Obamacare. There is even a voiceover in the clip stating, “John McCain is leading the fight to stop Obamacare,” and it ended with McCain saying he “approved this message.” This week on the Senate floor however, the senator said: Incremental progress, compromises that each side criticize but also accept, just plain muddling through to chip away at problems and keep our enemies from doing their worst isn’t glamorous or exciting. It doesn’t feel like a political triumph. But it’s usually the most we can expect from our system of government, operating in a country as diverse and quarrelsome and free as ours. Guy Benson commented at Townhall: To recap, the goal is often attaining modest, incremental progress — which sometimes requires “muddling through.”  Presumably those lessons would apply to fixing a “mess” of a healthcare system, which is why he supported “allow[ing] debate to continue and amendments to be offered,” in search of “substantial” changes. Until he didn’t. If McCain had ultimately voted down whatever package may have emerged from a conference committee because he genuinely believed it would not improve upon the disastrous status quo against which he’d campaigned, that would be one thing. But he didn’t do that. He personally guaranteed that “this process [would] end in failure” by making a proactive decision to ensure that failure arrived — and arrived before all options were exhausted.  He did so after voting in support of a version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) package, which would likely have served as a major basis for a conference compromise. Rather than waiting to see if the eventual legislation resembled something closer to a plan he supported, he slammed the door shut to any eventual legislation being crafted. We are very sympathetic for McCain’s health woes, but his inability to protect other Americans for their right to a healthcare system that works — one he is not subjected to because of his political status and armed service — is upsetting and a betrayal to the Republican party. h/t Daily Wire

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