John McCain again saves Obamacare

  • 23/09/2017
John McCain
John McCain. Photo credit: Reuters

US senator John McCain says he will vote against the most recent Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, and called for both parties to work together on healthcare legislation.

His decision to oppose legislation sponsored by senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy is a blow to Republican hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act before a September 30 deadline.

"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," Mr McCain said in a statement on Friday.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried."

Mr McCain spiked a previous attempt at replacing Obamacare in July.

TV star Jimmy Kimmel, who has been urging viewers to put pressure on lawmakers to oppose the legislation, thanked Mr McCain shortly after his announcement.

"Thank you Senator John McCain for being a hero again and again and now AGAIN."

Mr McCain and President Donald Trump have clashed regularly over health care.

Reuters / Newshub.