• Mr. McCain Goes to Washington - He chose to operate like the standard-i

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    By John Fund — July 30, 2017

    In 2008, presidential candidate John McCain bravely proposed a
    health-care reform that Fortune magazine said was a giant step
    toward “laissez faire liberty” in health care. He wanted to empower
    consumers to find the best health care and even end the tax break
    for employer-sponsored plans.

    In 2015, McCain joined all but one other GOP senator in voting to
    repeal Obamacare. The next year he ran an ad in his primary campaign
    against a Tea Party Republican claiming he was “leading the fight to
    stop Obamacare.” That ad helped him win 51 percent of the primary

    Just this year, McCain introduced a bill to “fully” repeal Obamacare
    and replace it with a “free-market approach that strengthens the
    quality and accessibility of care.”

    Then, last Friday, McCain faced a choice on the Senate floor. He
    could vote with all but two of his GOP colleagues for “a skinny
    repeal” bill and get to a conference committee, where negotiators
    from the House and Senate could devise a bill that might pass both
    chambers. Or he could effectively leave Obamacare in place, dooming
    any realistic effort at curbing it given the uniform Democratic
    opposition to any real reform.

    McCain sided with the status quo, killing the “skinny repeal.”
    Journalists rushed to gush over his vote, cast only a few days after
    a surgery to remove a dangerous brain tumor. The New Yorker’s take
    was typical: “Throughout his political life, John McCain has for
    many reasons enjoyed bipartisan respect and even reverence: his
    independence of mind (usually), his candor (usually), his decency,
    his love of country.”

    McCain’s stated reason for killing reform was that the bill in front
    of him “fell short of our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare
    with meaningful reform.” True enough, but this is a perfect example
    of letting the perfect be the enemy of the better.

    Obamacare is a disaster that, left untouched, will be saved only by
    a massive taxpayer bailout of insurance companies. Premiums on
    Obamacare exchanges have gone up by double digits annually ever
    since their formation in 2013. Out-of-pocket expenses — including
    copays and deductibles — rose 40 percent, to $2,649 per person on
    average, between 2011 and 2014. Hundreds of counties across the
    country are likely to have no health insurers offering plans on
    their local exchanges next year.

    Far from being a modern-day “profile in courage,” McCain’s vote
    against advancing Obamacare reform represents a complete reversal of
    the position he won his Senate election with last year. John Merline
    of Investor’s Business Daily notes that “In the private sector,
    promising one thing and delivering the other could be referred to as
    ‘deceptive trade practice.’ For some members of Congress, it’s just
    another day at the office.”

    Like every American, I wish John McCain the best in his battle
    against a brain tumor. But in what may prove to be one of the most
    important votes he has cast in his 35 years in Congress, he chose to
    operate like the standard-issue politicians he likes to rail

    Dems & the media want Trump to be more like Obama, but then he'd
    have to audit liberals & wire tap reporters' phones.

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