The Washington Post ran an interesting article on Friday detailing a phone call that may have likely influenced the controversial course of action Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took during the “skinny repeal” vote of ObamaCare.
The call occurred between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. McCain just before the senator dashed his own party’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a devastating “no” vote.
Recalling the fact that his son Beau died in 2015 of the same kind of brain cancer McCain has been diagnosed with, Biden’s call tugged on both of their heartstrings, according to the Post.
Former President Barack Obama has kept himself out of the debate, instead letting his former VP take on the task of influencing McCain to do his bidding.
McCain was also reportedly influenced to oppose the bill by good friend former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), according to the report.
It’s obvious how well President Trump’s efforts to get through to him went.
It wasn’t until hours after the measure failed that Obama issued a statement through his spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, saying:
“The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics — it’s about the character of our country. It’s about the 20 million Americans and counting who’ve gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance, and the tens of millions more who benefited from upgrades like free preventive care, such as mammograms and vaccines and improvements in the quality of care in hospitals that have averted more than 100,000 deaths so far.”
Read the full statement below:
JUST IN: Statement from Kevin Lewis, Spokesperson to President Barack Obama pic.twitter.com/JROlNgrX2Z
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) July 28, 2017
Along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), McCain was ultimately responsible for effectively squelching the GOP’s effort to eliminate key provisions of Obamacare. By passing the bill, Republicans could have started conference negotiations with the House over the lower chamber’s legislation to follow through on repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now it looks like Obamacare will just have to implode on its own.
President Trump took to Twitter to suggest that Republicans not give up on the repeal of Obamacare.
“Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace…and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more,” he tweeted.
Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace…and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2017
While many are aware of Biden’s son and his story fighting cancer, the former VP has some familial skeletons in the closet. Earlier in June, Caroline Biden, 29, niece of Joe Biden, stole more than $100,000 in a credit card scam. After pleading guilty to one charge of grand larceny and another of petit larceny, she was able to stay out of jail by cutting a plea deal before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kevin McGrath to make restitution of $110,810.04.
Biden used a borrowed credit card to set up an unauthorized customer account at Bigelow Pharmacy on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village. Over the course of a year, she accumulated the massive bill, according to a criminal complaint that does not name the victim card owner.
In 2014, she was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and harassment after a violent fight with her Tribeca roommate.
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