In terms of Obamacare and its recent repeal, Senator John McCain addressed Senate by stating:
‘A legislative body that has been mired in minutiae and political nickering needs to make itself great again.’
After undergoing a brain cancer surgery and seeking treatment, McCain came back to his usual self and debated the Obamacare repeal and the need thereof.
A thundering applause from Senators followed his address, and he even scored a hug from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
McCain made a loud and clear point that Senate should serve the country and ought to perform its duties to the best of its ability.
“That principled mindset, and the service of our predecessors who possessed it come to mind when I hear the Senate referred to as the world’s greatest deliberative body. I’m not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight face today,” he said. “Our deliberations can still be important and useful, but I think we’d all agree they haven’t been overburdened by greatness lately. And right now they aren’t producing much for the American people.”
“Our deliberations can still be important and useful, but I think we’d all agree they haven’t been overburdened by greatness lately. And right now they aren’t producing much for the American people,” he continued.
As far as the culprit for the Obamacare waiting period is concerned, McCain noted that both parties had equal blame. He also added that “just plain muddling through to chip away at problems and keep our enemies from doing their worst” is “usually the most we can expect from our system of government, operating in a country as diverse and quarrelsome and free as ours.”
McCain also made himself heard while encouraging Senate to focus on affairs that could improve America.
“Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the Internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood,” he said.
“Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle.”
In addition, he noted Senate was not complying with its tasks at the desired level.
“We’re getting nothing done. All we’ve really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our healthcare insurance system is a mess. We all know it, those who support Obamacare and those who oppose it. Something has to be done. We Republicans have looked for a way to end it and replace it with something else without paying a terrible political price. We haven’t found it yet, and I’m not sure we will. All we’ve managed to do is make more popular a policy that wasn’t very popular when we started trying to get rid of it,” he noted.
“The Obama administration and congressional Democrats shouldn’t have forced through Congress without any opposition support a social and economic change as massive as Obamacare. And we shouldn’t do the same with ours,” he pointed out.
“Then bring it to the floor for amendment and debate, and see if we can pass something that will be imperfect, full of compromises, and not very pleasing to implacable partisans on either side, but that might provide workable solutions to problems Americans are struggling with today,” he explained.
“What have we to lose by trying to work together to find those solutions? We’re not getting much done apart. I don’t think any of us feels very proud of our incapacity. Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn’t the most inspiring work. There’s greater satisfaction in respecting our differences, but not letting them prevent agreements that don’t require abandonment of core principles, agreements made in good faith that help improve lives and protect the American people.”
He continued his address by noting that Senate doesn’t need to rely on the President, or any President for that matter when it came to making groundbreaking decisions.
“Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the president’s subordinates. We are his equal,” McCain said, noting the vast powers of confirmation bestowed upon the Senate.
“The success of the Senate is important to the continued success of America. This country – this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, restless, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, good and magnificent country – needs us to help it thrive. That responsibility is more important than any of our personal interests or political affiliations,” he almost finished.
“We are the servants of a great nation, ‘a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.’ More people have lived free and prosperous lives here than in any other nation. We have acquired unprecedented wealth and power because of our governing principles, and because our government defended those principles.”
“America has made a greater contribution than any other nation to an international order that has liberated more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have been the greatest example, the greatest supporter and the greatest defender of that order. We aren’t afraid. We don’t covet other people’s land and wealth. We don’t hide behind walls. We breach them. We are a blessing to humanity,” he said. “What greater cause could we hope to serve than helping keep America the strong, aspiring, inspirational beacon of liberty and defender of the dignity of all human beings and their right to freedom and equal justice? That is the cause that binds us and is so much more powerful and worthy than the small differences that divide us.”
Although he commented that he would not remain in D.C. for a longer period of time, he noted, “I have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. And, I hope, to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the American people in your company.”