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McCain’s office released a statement immediately following the vote.
“From the beginning, I have believed that ObamaCare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people,” he said. “The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.”
McCain returned to Washington on Tuesday for the health care proposal, nearly a week after announcing he had been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of brain cancer and undergone surgery above his left eye.
The other two Republican senators to vote “no” were Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
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