I respect this response

Politically I’m an Independent not a Democrat or Republican but you can bet I haven’t found much to respect on the Republican side of the aisle recently. I have to say, I admire and respect John McCain’s response to the new healthcare proposal.

“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,” McCain said in a statement. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”

18 thoughts on “I respect this response

  1. LL

    I follow your blog and do not want to spark a conversation but…….Agreed.

    As a Canadian with free health care, I have a profound respect for all Americans who have to pay such costs. Two C-sections; two carpal tunnel; yearly female exams; grand daughter with heart surgery; a sister and brother-in-law with cancer surgeries and treatments; friends with young daughter entering her 4th year of chemo and all drugs involved….. and I could go on and on and not one bill. Yes, there is time off work and miscellaneous bills and payments, but I have no idea how one affords all this in the States. Canada has its flaws but hats off to my neighbours in the USA who have to live with this system.

  2. Marianne

    The voice of sanity. This is how Congress used to work. It is called compromise. No one gets all they want but forward progress is made. Down the road you try again to get more of what you want

  3. Penny Guglielmoni

    He has a right and in fact an obligation to vote with his beliefs. Sadly over the last 30 years the people in charge have told people in each party you must vote along party lines or your campaign will not be funded. I don’t think he will change that, but I wish it would change.

  4. Dianne King

    I hope he will hang on to his principles and not give in to pressure to vote for this horrible bill. Thank heavens there are still some who will stand up to this insanity and vote their consciences.

  5. Robin

    The Congress must come up with a solution. On the local news this a.m., it was reported that ACA insurance (Obamacare) was rising, in my State, 31% next month. Horrible for the citizens who are enrolled in this program. So many people are dropping it and have nothing due to astronomical costs. Apparently, “affordable” is just in name. I am fortunate enough to have and be able to afford health insurance, not Obamacare.

  6. Robin

    The Congress must come up with a solution. On the local news this a.m., it was reported that ACA insurance (Obamacare) was rising, in my State, 31% next month. Horrible for the citizens who are enrolled in this program. So many people are dropping it and have nothing due to astronomical costs. Apparently, “affordable” is just in name. I am fortunate enough to have and be able to afford health insurance, not Obamacare…and realize all of this affects all our insurance coverage.

  7. Nancy

    Sadly, our representatives have forgotten they serve the American people NOT just their party.

    I’m an Independent, too, and carefully watching those from my State to gauge my vote in the next election.

  8. Beverly Tyner

    I agree. Good for John McCain. He is a man with values and integrity. John speaks for the people of the United States. We need more like him.

  9. Nancy B in AZ

    I agree and do respect his response. Unfortunately, the insurance companies are also the victims of the GOP pursuit of repealing ACA. Insurance companies need to know what is going to happen in coming years in order to set rates. We will see percent increases along the lines (and worse) of Pre-ACA because the Republicans have acted so irresponsibly. They should have had a comprehensive plan … they had years to hold hearings and get input. They have not presented anything, except to appeal to the “repeal”. Remember why there were years of working for insurance reform. Costs were skyrocketing, no insurance (or premiums were un-affordable) for pre-existing conditions (I fell in that category and was refused by 3 insurance companies before finding one which charged more than I could afford); women were charged more than men for insurance; life-time caps on what companies would pay for treatment (God help you if you had chronic illness or cancer or heart problems or prematurely born infant etc.); families having to claim bankruptcy because of uncovered medical bills…….and on and on.
    Congress needs to work together to FIX the ACA! Instead the Republicans and President are working to undermine the ACA by picking away at it’s core……..that is why the premiums are going so high for next year.

  10. Cindy in NC

    I greatly admire Senator McCain, but even he seems unwilling to point out that many of our “health care” problems are the result of poor individual choices that cannot be changed by politicians or insurance plans.

    A few years ago the state of North Carolina, which offers only one insurance option to employees and retirees, proposed keeeping a lid on rising premiums by charging more to smokers and those with excessively high BMIs. The idea was similar to how car insurance companies charge more to customers who have accidents. The plan was not scheduled to go into effect for two years, and in the interim the state would offer free smoking cessation and weight loss help.

    This plan was a thoughtful blend of common sense and compassion, but was soundly rejected.

    I try not to think about how maddening this is (or how much I’d rather spend my time quilting) as I drag myself out of bed before dawn six days a week to go to the gym.

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