FEATURE ARTICLE

Temple Chima UbochiTuesday, August 1, 2017
ubochit@hotmail.de
Bonn, Germany

LONG LIVE, OBAMACARE (1) (PICTORIAL)

To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman (Mark Twain)

Senator John McCain is a man of his word and a true hero. Compassion and heart wins the day (Rob Reiner)

Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform (Senator John McCain)

I ask each & every one of my colleagues to search their hearts for what their purpose of being here is. We must work in a bipartisan manner (Senator Joe Manchin)

John McCain was a hero before the vote and is one after. I'm calling his office tomorrow to thank him. You should too (Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and Army intelligence officer)


Senators Susan Collins of Maine; John McCain of Arizona;
and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (AP)

y people say that the elders should not die all at once, otherwise the children will kill vulture thinking it is kite (hawk).

Just a week ago, I wrote about Senator John McCain, and noted that the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with Trumpcare will be thwarted wittingly or unwittingly by him. I didn't know that the senator will still find his way to Washington D.C. thereafter, despite his health challenges. As an ex-soldier, he surfaced in Washington to raise the hope of his colleagues; as such that even president Trump, his traducer, was elated, hoping that the senator will help him in passing the heath care bill in the senate. Many have now gleefully mocked Donald Trump, who thanked John McCain for coming to vote on his bill before he shocked the President by voting against it. Surprising how John McCain became Obamacare's savior.

At first, McCain voted to keep the debate on the health bill alive, but warned that he will vote against the actual bill, if there were no changes to it. Then, early Friday morning, McCain and two other female Republican senators made history by killing Trumpcare once and for all. The Vice president, Pence, was in the senate, hoping to cast the winning vote, if there was a tie, but McCain made his visit to the senate that day a useless one by cast a "no" vote. Infact, just as I predicted a week before, McCain was pivotal in rubbishing the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Yahoo News wrote that the Senate has killed the Obamacare repeal bill and everyone on Twitter is praising one guy, John McCain, who returned to Washington early last week after a diagnosis of brain cancer.

The People wrote that McCain was one of just three Republican senators to cast his ballot against the "Skinny Repeal" on Thursday night - a dramatic shift from his vote in favor of opening debate on the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare earlier in the week.

The final Republican bill would have repealed the employer and individual mandates under Obamacare, causing premiums to rise 20% between 2018 and 2026 and leaving 43 million more people without insurance in 2026, according to an estimate released Thursday, July 27, from the Congressional Budget Office. It is the third failed attempt to repeal Obamacare since President Donald Trump took office.

The political maverick's vote comes just a week after going public with his brain cancer diagnosis. McCain said these, in his first statement, after voting to kill the bill:

"While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare's most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens."

In a video widely shared on Twitter, the senator and military veteran is depicted as he approaches the front of the Senate chamber, holds the right palm face down then does a thumbs-down as he just says "No", then walks away amidst Democrat applauses and Republicans' gasps:

Naturally, McCain was not alone in voting down the repeal - Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined the Democrats in the final result 51-49 - but people couldn't help expressing joyful support to the former presidential candidate:

President Trump is angry, and just as ajc.com wrote, after showering McCain with praise earlier last week, when the 2008 Republican nominee for President returned to cast the key vote to begin this debate, Mr. Trump had to watch as McCain threw the bill into a Legislative Ditch. At 2:25 am, on Friday, the President got on Twitter to issue his first reaction, taking the 51 Senators in both parties to task, and again repeating his threat to simply stand off to the side and watch the individual exchanges go down the drain. It's not clear whether the White House will sanction bipartisan negotiations on health care, but it's hard to imagine that this issue is just going to melt away.

The point is that Senators McCain; Collins; and Murkowski chose their country over their party. They chose people over profits. Surprising that the Republican Party still has three American Patriots in its ranks! Despite his threat against Alaska, if Murkowski votes against the bill, the senator still voted against the bill. The three senators just ignored Trump and his threats as they see him as fake.

McCain has brain cancer and might not survive it; so he knows that this might be his last opportunity to do something good for his country; he knows that this might be his last chance to write his name in gold. McCain knows what it will cost him during his treatment, so it would have been a sin for him to help in denying more than 16 million other Americans their health insurance. What will an American with cancer do without a health insurance? This was one of the issues McCain weighed before casting his vote. Even if McCain succumbs to his illness (God forbids), he will be remembered for centuries as one of the three senators who voted against divesting millions of Americans of their health insurance! For McCain and others, good name is better than riches. Just as Mr. Quant said, McCain now that he's gravely sick has come to realize the importance of health insurance, and what it would mean to the 16 to 30 million people that would lose it. Without this illness, McCain would have voted otherwise (God moves in a mysterious way). Previously, McCain was totally against Obamacare; but see how time and condition have changed a man. Today, McCain has saved Obamacare.

People across the country are hailing Sen. John McCain a hero for voting against a bill that aimed to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. Americans are grateful to McCain for his vote, while not forgetting the other two female senators, whom without their votes, the bill would have passed.

The People (News site) wrote that people are leaving signs on John McCain's road thanking him for his health care vote.

The senator's wife, Cindy, took to Instagram Saturday to post photos of 'thank you' signs left by supporters along an Arizona road the McCain family frequents, the Dayton Daily News reported.

"We found these on our road this morning. Thank you whoever made these," wrote Cindy.

After McCain cast his vote, Twitter also exploded with thanks and admiration for the senator.

While thanking Senators McCain; Collins; and Murkowski, the Republicans who helped in killing the bill to replace Obamacare; we also have to thank Sen. Mazie Hirono (a democrat) for voting no on Trumpcare


Senator Hirono

On Tuesday, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii interrupted her treatment and surgery, for stage four kidney cancer, to come vote against the catastrophic sham of a healthcare plan. According to actionsprout, unlike John McCain, Senator Hirono received little public praise for her truly heroic act to protect all Americans. Senator Mazie Hirono deserves recognition and thanks for her bravery and longstanding dedication to justice. Without her vote against, Trumpcare would have passed!

Let me end this part with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) deeply personal, impassioned plea against the Republicans' "skinny" Obamacare repeal Thursday night, demanding to know why her Republican colleagues weren't showing the American people the same compassion they showed her when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer in May. Hirono said her colleagues on both sides of the aisle sent her comforting notes after her diagnosis about their own experiences with major illnesses.

Hirono took the senate floor and addressed her colleagues, and began her Thursday night remarks by noting that she was likely the only U.S. senator who had not been born in a hospital. In her words, according to Huffington Post:

"Where is your compassion? Where is the care that you showed me when I was diagnosed with my illness?" "I find it hard to believe that we can sit here and vote on a bill that is going to hurt millions and millions of people in our country. We are better than that."

"You showed me your care. You showed me your compassion. Where is that tonight?" she said as she hit her fist on the desk. "I can't believe that a single senator in this body has not faced an illness ? or whose family member or loved one has not faced illness ? where they were so grateful they had health care."

"I was born at home in rural Japan. I lost a sister to pneumonia when she was only 2 years old in Japan. She died at home. Not in a hospital where maybe her life could have been saved."

As Hirono fought back tears and took a deep breath, she said, "It's hard for me to talk about this. I think you can tell. Give me a moment."

She continued to talk about her life growing up as an immigrant living in America and how she feared her mother would become ill and run out of money.

"And now, here I am a United States senator," Mazie said. "I am fighting kidney cancer, and I'm just so grateful that I had health insurance so that I could concentrate on the care that I needed rather than how the heck I was going to afford the care that would probably save my life."

To be continued!

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