Gary Bauer today…

Obamacare Games

Well, he did it again. Sen. John McCain killed the previous attempt to repeal Obamacare and he likely killed this one too.

The vote count on the Graham/Cassidy bill is nip and tuck, just like last time. But, honestly, I think a lot of games are being played by some Republican senators, and conservative voters are increasingly feeling betrayed.

For example, Sen. John McCain said last time that he would not support anything the governor of Arizona did not support. Well, Governor Ducey supports this bill.

Now Senator McCain is obsessing over “regular order” — process. He wants the legislation to go through the appropriate committees. He wants public hearings.

Does McCain remember how Obamacare was rammed down our throats? Did he forget how Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass it to find out what was in it?

In a statement this afternoon, McCain said, “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.”

I’m not sure what compromise Sen. McCain thinks can be achieved. Democrats are demanding single-payer socialized healthcare.

We need to get this disaster off the backs of hard-working Americans, and I don’t think they really give a hoot about “regular order” or the Senate’s arcane rules.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted for the previous repeal effort, the so-called “skinny repeal,” which did very little. Yet now he says he is going to oppose this bill, which is much more conservative in that it turns over the funding and direction of Obamacare to the states, where major changes can be made.

The Graham/Cassidy plan at least puts “federalism” at the center of the program. If we’re going to be stuck with Obamacare, I’d prefer to give the states, rather than Washington, more control. That should be a high priority for our libertarian-leaning friends.

Senator Paul could become a hero to conservatives if he reversed course and declared, “I am so frustrated with John McCain’s repeated betrayals of our party that I am putting my objections to this bill aside for the greater good of the country.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski is another holdout. Just to remind you, Republican voters in Alaska were so frustrated with Murkowski that they defeated her in the 2010 primary. But the GOP establishment abandoned the conservative Republican nominee, and Murkowski won as an independent candidate in the general election.

How’s that working out for the party now? She is a major stumbling block on perhaps the biggest issue of the past eight years.

Then there’s Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who is unreliable on good days. Collins, the most liberal Republican in the Senate, was “leaning no” before McCain’s announcement.

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