A Republican politician may be the last person one would expect to defend Obamacare, but Senator John McCain did just that in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s vicious attacks on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
In particular, McCain found fault in Cruz’s accusation that anyone who doesn’t want to continue to fight Obamacare has the same mentality as a Nazi appeaser.
In his 21-hour speech on the floor, Cruz stated "If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany, look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'"
McCain lashed back against the comparison, saying, "I resoundingly reject that allegation. That allegation, in my view, does a great disservice. A great disservice to those brave Americans and those who stood up and said, 'what's happening in Europe cannot stand.'"
McCain, who has long opposed Obamacare, recognized that the American people elected President Obama and that as a democracy, the majority opinion takes precedence over individual ideologies.
Said McCain, "We fought as hard as we could in a fair and honest manner and we lost. One of the reasons was because we were in the minority, and in democracies, almost always the majority governs and passes legislation."
Despite his opinion that Republicans should not try to shut down the government in an attempt to stop Obamacare, McCain did acknowledge that conservatives should continue in efforts to “repair” the bill.
He also said that he was “extremely proud” of all the effort put into trying to block Obamacare.
Despite Cruz’s all-or-nothing stance, leading Republicans are now exploring alternatives to the government shutdown, and voted 100-0 to keep the debate open. They may try to remove certain parts of the act rather than defunding the whole bill.