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Has The GOP Betrayed Its Base By Failing To Repeal Obamacare?

by Bradley Matthews

The latest GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare has failed, in part due to the “no” votes of GOP Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski. Has the GOP betrayed its conservative base by failing to repeal Obamacare yet again, despite controlling all three branches of government? Vote in our CBC reader poll!

Should the GOP caucus in the Senate replace Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell for this failure? Vote in another CBC reader poll HERE.








Has the GOP betrayed its base by failing to repeal Obamacare?

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  1. Tom Manning

    McCain was just frustrated with congressional idiocy. Ann Coulter is right we can’t afford welfare for illegals. That should be reserved for citizens. We also can’t afford free healthcare for illegals but that’s what leftist congress (donkeys and elephants) want to do.

    July 31, 2017,2:15 pm

  2. gary

    punish the three rinos

    July 30, 2017,11:02 pm


    The failure to pass the Republicans’ vision of health care is a reflection of the failure to communicate the necessary provisions that would benefit all Americans. Letting CBO score the plan with a fake estimate gave Democrats a powerful yet untrue means of denigrating the moral fiber of the plan. A transparency not seen in the passage of Obamacare would build faith and educate America to the real difficulties and real costs of each part of a health care plan. Have open sessions with experts in the various aspects of a bill. Then decide on what to accept in each area and pass it. The public will know the truth and understand the logic. They will demand action on each area.The two parties will have to work in a bipartisan manner for what is best in each area. Show how each area will benefit all Americans’ health care. If Americans want better, less expensive care, they have to participate in cost cutting by taking better care of themselves–eating right, stopping use of cigarettes and opioids, and letting the government get rid of fraud with interoperable digital systems. We are a long way from building an innovatively based health care system because we haven’t worked together to learn what woyld be best in that plan. Encourage your Senators, Republican and/or Democrat to get it right in an intelligent, transparent, educational, moral way!

    July 29, 2017,4:09 pm

  4. Ray

    The solution to obamacare. paul ryan and mitch mcconnell along w/ the whitehouse needs to introduce a new obamacare plan.. here it is..
    –they need to immediately introduce a plan that repeals congress’ exemption to obamacare.. just in case not everyone is aware, when obamacare was passed the stupid democrats forgot to exempt themselves from it.. so harry reid and nancy pelozi passed a bill that exempts congress and their minions from all froms of obamacare..
    hey mcconnell/ryan–
    I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU TO INTRODUCE A BILL THAT GETS RID OF THE EXEMPTION FOR CONGRESS TO EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM OBAMACARE… see how fast they move when they are affected by the same POS law that we have to live by.
    if not here is another option,,,, just pass a one sentance law,,,,
    — every us citizen gets the same cadiallac healthcare plan that congress gets…
    see simple one sentance done…

    July 29, 2017,3:09 pm

  5. Ray

    its funny how people like collins, mccain and mukowski (sp?) are all out there stating that they didnt want to take away Medicaid/obamacare and yet not one democrat or mccain or graham can find one person who wants and loves obamacare.. if obamacare was so popular, where are all the fans of it.. everyone knows if obamacare was as great as every democrap states it is they would be parading fans of it across the tv screen every second of every day.

    July 29, 2017,3:02 pm

  6. Ray

    Arizona – for the love of god and all that is holy please get rid of this POS mccain. he is the most worthless of any senator. its kinda ironic that he has a brain tumor, wonder how long it took cancer to find his brain, probably right behind his courage. i want to see mccain get medical treatment under obamacare… if you recall when answering a womens question about her 80 yr old grandma.. obama replied “give her a pill to ease her pain until she dies. seems fitting here, just give mccain a pill and a spine. the irony of this whole event that every single democrat is laughing hysterically at mccain for his ignorance and stupidity. it was interesting how he would kowtow to all of the liberals and the media until he ran for pres, then they destroyed him and now he is back begging them for forgiveness… kinda reminds me of hilary, like an abused wife she kept getting beaten and humiliated since the 80’s and all of a sudden when she wins the nomination they are best buds..

    July 29, 2017,2:58 pm

  7. Shawn Fahrer

    It’s very simple: John McCain has been a TRAITOR to America for at least 15 years (when he co-wrote the McCain -Feingold “Campaign finance Reform Act of 2002” — a virtually UNCONSTITUTIONAL “law” that directly led to the successful Citizens United challenge in 2010, a challenge which sent the Left into a tizzy). HE HAS NOT CHANGED! He was probably “brainwashed” in ‘Nam (so it’s only fitting that he now has “brain cancer” in the same brain that was irreparably damaged by Communist brainwashing….)

    And as for Susan Collins (ME), there virtually is NO Republican Party in that state (except for Gov. LePage!), so it might as well disband up there…. In the case of Lisa Murkowski (AK), she is PRO “Planned Parenthood”, PRO Obamacare, etc. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree — her father, Frank, was ousted from office as Governor by Sarah Palin (because he was too much to the Left by 2006). He had previously succeeded Mike Gravel (a Democrat who was no friend of the Right) as US Senator (the same seat now held by Lisa). it seems to me that due to their close proximity to CANADA (see the border with the Yukon Territory!) that Alaskan politics is more (Socialist) Canadian than American. (I wish we could sell that state, oil included, to Canada and cut bait on that Liberal stronghold for our own good….) We actually need to get rid of McConnell as head of the Senate — by PRUGING these THREE Senators (as well as others) from the Republican Party, force them to become the “Democrats” they really are, and admit that DEMOCRATS are STILL the working majority in the US Senate so THEY would be able to elect Charles Schumer as the Senate Chief (and also to show the world that despite outward appearances, we still have officially “divided government” in Congress)….

    July 29, 2017,2:18 pm

  8. CHAZ


    July 29, 2017,1:38 pm

  9. Donna Pedrey

    The wealth of the middle class was redistributed while you were sleeping…at least give the middle class a tax cut so we can afford insurance…if the middle class is destroyed and added to the Medicaid/Welfare rolls, AMERICA will be destroyed…is that your plan? we know that was Hillary’s plan!

    July 29, 2017,11:23 am

  10. Ivy Rivard

    We SEE you,all you Deep State braying idiots.We SEE you weasling out of your promises,betraying us and the Duly Elected President.We WILL vote you out of office,we WILL fight for our freedom and our rights.Your spineless non actions WILL be counted against you.

    July 29, 2017,11:05 am

  11. Lynn

    I believe in term limits. They failed to do as promised and campaigned for years. They blew it. I think the American voters deserve better!

    July 29, 2017,10:32 am

  12. michael hanback

    Bunch of Clawless Ball-less wonders

    July 29, 2017,10:15 am

  13. Sam Jones

    depends on reason, are they throwing seniors under the buses again?

    July 29, 2017,9:55 am

  14. John Walsh

    McCain: 892 of 897 in Naval Academy, crashed 5 jet planes, killed 137 sailors on USS Forrestal by starting his jet on the carrier, arming his missiles which shot off and hit other jets starting a fire which went several floors below almost sinking carrier and killing 137 sailors caused by John McCain whose father an admiral let him skate free to Hanoi for 5.5 years.

    July 29, 2017,9:08 am

  15. John Walsh

    $3 trillion still overseas. Alaska still has no roads. China/Mexico still ripping USA off. Trump chaos continues. Jeb Bush named Trump Chaos and he was so correct.

    July 29, 2017,9:03 am

  16. Laurie Layne

    Rinos do need to go !

    July 29, 2017,8:55 am

  17. Joyce Elaine Cogan

    Too bad, you can’t trust this man to do what he said he would do. I agree with Suzanne and President’s idea of congressional term limits. I hope that comes to fruition.

    July 28, 2017,11:55 pm

  18. Suzanne

    The RINOs need to be voted out! I wholeheartedly support the President’s idea of congressional term limits! Professional politicians are a very bad thing for our country.

    July 28, 2017,10:56 pm

  19. Robin Gazzo

    Those senators can drop dead,especially McCain.

    July 28, 2017,10:17 pm

  20. terry

    That is why I am though with the party

    July 28, 2017,10:14 pm

  21. JL Brown Jr

    mccain has bailed on us the last time, why doesnt he just just ship and go democrap. i dont give a rats ass about his time in the military any long, i spent 23 yrs in the air force, and what he has done is such a low blow. he did it the first time when he was running for president, he never wanted to win, i sent him a letter telling him, if he did not want to win, he should have got the hell out of the way so someone that really wanted to win could. nccain can go to hell.he can share a cell with obama. we are sick and tired of his ass.

    July 28, 2017,9:33 pm

  22. Kimberly White

    The people have been betrayed in a lot of ways, Obamacare being the most blatant. We gave the GOP control of both houses of Congress, the White House, and a majority Supreme Court yet they are wasting that gift by fighting against the duly elected President at every turn. It’s time for the party to get in line and enact the President’s agenda, force votes on his appointees and get the business of the nation moving along again.

    July 28, 2017,9:19 pm

  23. Pat

    The Party is partially at fault, but the traitor McCain is the real POS that did the dirty deed. If he drops dead tomorrow, it will be the best thing that old ass wipe ever did in his whole sorry life!

    July 28, 2017,9:03 pm

  24. Bill

    Guess it depends on what is the GOP base. If the base is simply those that rabidly hate Democrats and government, then the answer is Yes.

    If the GOP base is people who truly want what is best for the people, then stopping the inane repeal bills was not a betrayal.

    July 28, 2017,8:44 pm

  25. Cynthia Murray

    Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski told their constituents that they are republicans; but when push came to shove they showed their true colors. They are dems and have screwed the working Americans. Each should be recalled for misrepresenting themselves.

    July 28, 2017,8:40 pm

  26. Joseph Costa

    Term limits!!!

    July 28, 2017,8:27 pm

  27. Loman

    Now is the time limited term for all those lifers. Time to go home.

    July 28, 2017,7:33 pm

  28. Mary

    John McCain has betrayed his party yet once again…when the voters re-elected him to his position this time to help his constituents and now all Americans. This time all America knows asking was he truly ever a Republican or Dem in disguise. A cheer to Schummer says it all.

    July 28, 2017,7:29 pm

  29. Mickie Enders

    Why is it when the Democrats are in control they get their agenda taken care of but the Republicans are letting their opportunities fly out the window!

    July 28, 2017,7:21 pm

  30. Douglas

    McCain is a traitor to the American electorate. The national election gave an edict to eliminate Obamacare . John McCain is a politician. We need patriots with courage and dignity.
    John is for John. Kick him out.

    July 28, 2017,7:09 pm

  31. Douglas

    Kick the “bums” out.

    July 28, 2017,6:58 pm

  32. Robert Morrow

    haven’t we figure out how to pass the sick care bill. It is easy, just allow the Politicians to add their pork to the bill, plus any payola that they can get from it. Then the bill will pass with 100% of yes. Just like they did with Obamacare. All it required is for Reid to bribe a couple of Corrupt Politicians and the Bill was passed with out reading it of course. Remember never trust a Politician or so called News Media people for they will stab you in the back every time.

    July 28, 2017,6:37 pm

  33. Michael Green

    He should have gone home from the hospital and retired to spend his last days with his family instead of becoming the most hated Republican traitor in the past 50 years. Shame on him for grandstanding, But that’s what career politicians do, grandstand and be disruptive as they can be.

    July 28, 2017,6:32 pm

  34. Albert Kuyerhuis

    I tend to agree that they did betray the voters considering the past efforts during Obama’s tenure to kill Obamacare. However, it is also true that political parties are coalitions of interests. In the pre-Obama years Congress was far more bi-partisan with factions of the Dems and the Reps to find common ground. The current situation seems to be more British where one is for something because the opponent is against.

    July 28, 2017,6:15 pm

  35. Phillip S Fivgas

    What happened to my comment?

    July 28, 2017,6:02 pm

  36. Jacob

    Jay Ryan you exactly right! That’s why we need Term Limits Now! It alone would save billions of dollars on retirement for these corrupt elitists. We the people need to push for it, go on line and sign the petitions that are out there. For me it’s Convention of States. I went as far as getting in touch with them and asked questions, like fear of leftist taking over, and was given great answers to how they can’t. Plus having a check on scotus by the states. Get out there and fight for what you believe! Yes I’m pissed off and going to write both Prez Trump and Sen Cruz an email.

    July 28, 2017,6:02 pm

  37. Rick Bridges

    They are all trying to cover now. When they knew that repeals would not pass they voted for it. Now we see them making deals to have just enough votes to nearly pass repeal. Failure Care will collapse. It already is, two people jumped to their death in NY because they could not afford health care now.

    July 28, 2017,5:55 pm

  38. patrick

    John McCain is republican in name only, traitor

    July 28, 2017,5:29 pm

  39. Joseph Merkler

    The traitor of Vietnam, a slug, john ‘Songbird’ mcCain slips the knife between our ribs once more!

    July 28, 2017,5:26 pm

  40. Jay Ryan

    I keep seeing some people saying “just let it fail” but the damage to millions of people will be a tidal wave, next the communist party will jump up and down attempting to blame the majority party in power ( and in this specific case it will be accurate) and scream and cry for their dream all along A SINGLE PAYER PROGRAM CONTROLLED BY THEM-GOVERNMENT.
    Please WTH up.

    July 28, 2017,5:23 pm

  41. Jerry Del Vecchio

    They said, “to repeal Obamacare, we need the House” and they got it. Then they said, “in order to repeal Obamacare we need the House and the Senate” and they got it. Then they said, “we need the House, the Senate and the White House to repeal Obamacare” and they got it. And what did they do? They didn’t do a damn thing but betray those who voted for them and those who voted for President Trump. They are a sad lot and they need to be replaced.

    July 28, 2017,5:17 pm

  42. Jay Ryan

    They are a total disgrace. They are a pack of lying In Name Only Republicans. The Dem/Com/Prog party is far worse & more insidious & intent on destroying America Land of the Free. Their target is old USSR where they can have total control.
    None of the Rep.s would be allowed into the early 60s Dem party with the exception of Ted Cruz. 31 of 50 states voted Trump in to get this & all the other must have Fixes on his agenda. Political Correctness/Mao Communist insanity must be stamped out dead, and right NOW. Trump is trying. But just like we realized during the campaign “When both parties join forces against ONE CANDIDATE-THERE IS A DARN GOOD REASON! With the GOP’s epic failure and betrayal its quite evident now. Wake up America those congress people do not represent you.
    Step aside and let Donald Trump Make America Great Again. That same phrase was first used by our most successful president-Ronald Reagan.
    God bless America!

    July 28, 2017,5:15 pm

  43. Carolyn

    I find that John McCain’s no vote was a stupid thing to do. He has insulted all the Reps who voted for him; Illness aside, is it possible that his brain tumor altered his thinking, like Charles Whitman in 1966, in Texas

    July 28, 2017,5:13 pm

  44. Larry Wilcox

    McCain is a lying SOB. And the worst kind he runs on a platform promising to repeal Obomacare.

    July 28, 2017,5:08 pm

  45. Howie Mirkin

    Bob Uda, Sorry, but McCain and Murkowski were re-elected in 2016 for 6 years and Collins won’t be up for re-election until 2020. The real reason the repeal failed is the ignorant voters in Maine, Alaska and Arizona. Anyone who thinks that we need “moderates” in the GOP is delusional, but that’s what happens when we long ago abandoned the education of children to government indoctrinators.

    July 28, 2017,5:01 pm

  46. Raymond

    Some Of The GOP Don’t Want Our President To
    Pass Anything They Are Bed With The Demacratic
    Party They Don’t Want Change In Washington
    They Are So Tied Up In
    Making There Millions
    They Don’t Care About The People Who Voted
    Them In I Would Love To
    See The Swamp Drained
    It’s Been Going On For
    To Many Years.

    July 28, 2017,4:56 pm

  47. Randy Herren

    No – McCain stood up for a transparent process and a real fix for healthcare. The Skinny Bill just made bad thing worse.

    July 28, 2017,4:55 pm

  48. Shelley Spellman

    Thanks alot Mccain. What was the whole point of your speech. Obamacare needs to crash on its own now.

    July 28, 2017,4:51 pm

  49. Patricia Maddin

    Absolutely they have and we will not forget come election time.

    July 28, 2017,4:50 pm

  50. Bob Uda

    John McCain = worst politician in history. I regret it tremendously for voting for him for POTUS. I’ll never make that mistake again. He’s traitor’s traitor.

    July 28, 2017,4:47 pm

  51. Howie Mirkin

    Why blame the whole GOP for the treachery of a few? Whoever posted the poll question should know better.

    July 28, 2017,4:46 pm

  52. Bob Uda

    Wait till the 2018 election. We shall vote all of those liars, cheaters, and thieves out of office. Incompetent crooks!

    July 28, 2017,4:44 pm

  53. Steve Latauska

    McCain is still a traitor. He’s been very sad since his butt buddy Ted Kennedy died. Have a Town Hall now you old songbird!

    July 28, 2017,4:42 pm

  54. Gordon Miller

    What can one expect from libtards in disguise as Conservatives…Idiot globalists just cannot get it through their collective as in communism heads that the United States has no reason or intent of becoming some global village for idiots

    July 28, 2017,4:37 pm

  55. Carlos

    Fuck you John McCain you are a Backstabbing traitor you piece of Shit!! AKA Songbird!!

    July 28, 2017,4:31 pm

  56. Patricia Maddin

    YES and do not think we will not remember at election time. We will keep your names and voting records on social media everyday leading up to elections. Your bought and paid for media will not be able to help you, we will just bypass them and vote out All the incumbent do nothings until all the rino’s are gone.

    July 28, 2017,4:31 pm

  57. josh grant

    i just hope john macain suffers bad weith his cancer.he sure as hell deserves to

    July 28, 2017,4:30 pm

  58. Steve Mccormick

    Let Obama crash & burn. Let the folks that “had” coverage figure out what they need to do and pay for the new plan they find. If the government offers coverage it will only be approved if the gutless Senate & House are on the same plan as everyone else.

    July 28, 2017,4:30 pm

  59. josh grant

    mitch mcconel and john commie mccain are both democratsunder cover they gave oboma blow jobs

    July 28, 2017,4:27 pm

  60. Vincent

    No Replace.
    Get Gov. out of my personal decisions.
    Wifes’ insurance raised from $108 to $268 and now none.
    Congress should have exact same insurance opportunities they force on us.
    Term limits!!!
    How do you vote with a brain tumor/ how does that make sense?
    God bless him but really?

    July 28, 2017,4:25 pm

  61. Mr. Bruce E. Ruttan

    The GOP IS its base. Individuals like The Honorable John McCain have for years acted against those GOP members who have tried to restore the Republican party’s conservative values. That’s not the same as the question. These individuals will continue to do their evil work, the work of Democratic Progressives untill they get voted out.

    July 28, 2017,4:24 pm

  62. Snake

    The Leaders of the GOP do not like to lead– they would rather collect a paycheck sitting in the back room with a drink and
    A smell of importants .
    They are insignificant fools If they
    Believe we think of them as someone more important then
    The Hard working people in
    This USA. They are leaches !

    July 28, 2017,4:22 pm

  63. Ron Christopher

    What a joke

    July 28, 2017,4:21 pm

  64. Forrest Patterson

    How good is obamacare? Congress is exempt.

    July 28, 2017,4:17 pm

  65. Gene

    Yes, Rand Paul had it right on this one

    July 28, 2017,4:17 pm

  66. Stuart Cox

    Just repeal it. Turn health insurance back over to the states.

    July 28, 2017,2:45 pm

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