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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain and Sen. Jack Reed, D- R.I., are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. McCain and Reed, called the reports "deeply disturbing." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

McCain to vote no on Republican Obamacare repeal


Sen. John McCain has said he plans to vote against a new bill aimed at repealing Obamacare, dealing a major blow to what is considered the Republicans' last ditch effort to end the healthcare law.

"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," said the Arizona senator in a statement on Friday. He cautioned against pushing legislation that has not gone through proper committee procedures and debate.

A no from McCain could imperil the bill, which is being pushed by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. McCain joins fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul who was already a confirmed no. Sen. Susan Collins, another Republican, also may vote against the legislation. McCain's no sparked criticism from some Obamacare repeal supporters on social media.

Some Obamacare supporters offered their support for McCain, including comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Graham and Cassidy will need 50 GOP senators to pass the legislation. There are 52 Republicans currently in the Senate, meaning a no from Collins or any other Republican could spell disaster for the bill.

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