Better yet: Appoint someone who doesn’t do like McCain and profess, right around election time, to hate Obamacare and promise its repeal and then, right around winning election time, vote to keep it intact.
And as Robb’s piece, picked up by USA Today, went on to note: “McCain has twice scuttled Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. … This is one instance in which President Trump’s criticisms of McCain are well-founded. McCain did run, as Trump is drumming, on a strong repeal-and-replace platform. In fact, it was the principal distinction he drew with his Democratic opponent, Ann Kirkpatrick. He would vote to repeal Obamacare. She would not.”
Yet McCain, as everybody and their sisters know, was the one who would not.
“Many will remember McCain as the incidental savior of the Affordable Care Act, whose late-night thumbs-down vote halted his party’s most promising effort to overturn a majority Democratic achievement,” the analysis went on to state.
Quite right; that is one of his lasting legacies.
But it may soon be undone — thankfully.
Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking to The Hill, said he hoped McCain’s replacement would be a “strong ally” in the fight to repeal the signature Barack Obama health care bill. And an unnamed senior Senate Republican aide said his side would indeed vote on a repeal once again, so long as the GOP retains majority in the House.
That’s an understatement, at least on Obamacare.
Let’s hope the senator who fills his shoes won’t be so — “inconsistent.”
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.
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