September 24, 2017

Editorial: A dose of good sense, ‘conscience’ in Congress

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U.S. Sen. John McCain

Healthcare reform needs heroes to cut through the nonsense.

Friday, it got one.

Sen. John McCain, explaining his lack of support for the Senate’s latest healthcare bill, had one of the bluntest, most helpful takes on this issue we’ve heard lately.

“A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach,” the Arizona Republican said in a statement.

Peel away all the arguing, rushing, concealing and maneuvering of the last few months and years, and that is the prescription: a bipartisan approach. As McCain understands — along with a few other courageous leaders in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats — our government has to stop dodging that approach or dooming its occasional stabs at it, and begin cooperating in earnest.

McCain’s decision — joining Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s hard “no” of several days ago — likely killed the Republicans’ latest effort to undo Obamacare.

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