LETTER TO THE EDITOR: John McCain acted as ‘an American first’

I would like to take this time to take my hat off to John McCain. Despite the immense amount of pressure from the GOP, McCain stood true to his principals and beliefs as an American and gave a thumbs down “NO” to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

As Sen. McCain wages his own personal battle with brain cancer, this was undoubtedly the most defining moment of his career in Congress and more importantly, as an American!

Not only did John McCain cement his legacy in Congress by saving the very popular (yes, popular ) Affordable Care Act; he also saved his own party from making a major mistake that would’ve had dire consequences in the coming elections.

I also have much respect for Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski for taking a stand as true Americans by voting “NO”. That’s what the GOP gets for not having any female senators involved in that disaster called the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

These women have heart and strong character which is much needed in a male dominated Congress. I did not want to write this without giving them the praise they deserve!

However, it was Sen. John McCain whose vote was the deciding fate of the Affordable Care Act. These GOP senators had sense enough to realize the impact of a repeal would’ve had on our economy, and millions of Americans who depend on the Affordable Care Act.

That includes the millions of people who voted for the GOP party in the 2016 election! So when the dust cleared sometime around 1:30 a.m. that morning of July 28, Sen. McCain ultimately saved his party from themselves!

So the $10 million question is and should be — Why after seven years is there not even a ghost of a better health care plan from the GOP for Americans? It would’ve been foolish and disastrous to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a concrete and better replacement.

Thank God for GOP senators who decided to stand up and look out for the majority of Americans who love the Affordable Care Act. There’s nothing wrong with the Affordable Care Act that cannot be fixed!

Now hopefully both sides will sit down and negotiate on improving the Affordable Care Act. That’s the only choice because it’s not going anywhere. Too many Americans are vested in the Affordable Care Act to pull the plug now. Sen. McCain realized that, being the deciding vote.

No matter what Sen. McCain accomplishes going forward in his career in Congress, he will always be remembered and respected for not buckling under the pressure of his party, for caring about other people besides himself or his party, and most of all, for being an American first!

A true American cares about his country and what affects the country — not the party he or she represents!

God bless Sen. John McCain as he battles brain cancer. I have always had the utmost respect for him as a man and an American. Now I have even more respect for John McCain. My prayers go out to him and his family.

Francis A. Bethel III


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