Paul LePage

John McCain enjoyed the moment but Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are the real healthcare heroes

John McCain enjoyed the moment but Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are the real healthcare heroes

It was a dramatic moment, as dramatic moments go in the U.S. Senate. In the midst of an early-morning vote on a measure that would have crippled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Arizona Republican John McCain walked to the front of the Senate floor and cast an emphatic “no” vote, eliciting cheers – presumably from Democrats – in the chamber.

His vote effectively sounded the death knell for the so-called skinny repeal, a cynical bit of legislation that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to squeeze through in the middle of the night without significant debate or...

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