Politics

Here's Where Ducey, Flake, McCain, and Other Arizona Politicians Stand on Graham-Cassidy

Which way will U.S. Senator John McCain vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill? He's not saying yet.
Which way will U.S. Senator John McCain vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill? He's not saying yet. Miriam Wasser

In a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before the September 30 deadline, Republican Senators have introduced a health care plan called Graham-Cassidy (named after Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who wrote the bill).

It's already stirring up a lot of expected controversy, as every previous plan to repeal and replace ACA has, but some Arizona politicians are in favor of passing it.

It may already have the 50 votes needed to pass, unlike the last attempt in July, when Senator John McCain (along with fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski) voted no, shocking everybody.

McCain teased everybody Monday by first saying he might "reluctantly" vote for the bill if Governor Doug Ducey supports it, which Ducey does. But, according to CNBC, McCain said hours later "I'm not supportive of the bill, yet."

Stay tuned.

Update: Here is McCain's official response as of September 22.



McCain has yet to tweet out what he would do, but he did tell The Hill he plans to support it.

Those not in favor include AZ Representatives Ruben Gallego and Raul Grijalva, among others.

Even Rep. Trent Franks challenger Brianna Westbrook voiced her concern.

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