RINOs — Republicans in Name Only. These are the people who are responsible for the failure of a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, which failed to pass the Senate by a mere three votes. The people responsible for those votes — Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — have for years called themselves Republicans, but when their party absolutely needed every last vote to repeal the hugely unpopular Obamacare — whose premium increases in some states in 2017 were more than 60 percent (in McCain’s Arizona the increase was 116 percent) — they waffled, and made a failure of the effort that President Trump has been calling for ever since he took office in January.
This is only the latest failed vote on Obamacare that may very well end up costing Republicans support at the polls (and a majority in the Senate) in 2018 midterm elections. It also may tremendously complicate (or prevent) significant tax reform that the Congress is expected to work on before the end of the year.
The person to blame most is Senator John McCain, whose recent diagnosis of likely terminal brain cancer had already delayed this crucial vote. As a spoiler, McCain may be indulging in his ability to twist the legislative knife into Trump before he has to exit the political stage.
Instead, McCain allied himself with Democrats, who now are saying that they want to “reform” Obamacare, not repeal it. Cue much eye-rolling. For McCain, this is one of what may be very few “last laughs” before he follows in the footsteps of his dearly departed friend, deceased Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who received a similar medical diagnosis in 2008.
Watch as Fox’s Stuart Varney and Pete Hegseth rail against these wretched RINOs.