Hollywood Reacts to Obamacare Repeal’s Defeat: ‘John McCain Put Country Over Party’

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Hollywood was dismayed, with the majority of filmmakers and stars erupting in joy, after the Senate rejected on Friday morning the latest effort to repeal Obamacare.

Arizona Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote and refused to support the measure, joining two other Republican senators: Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. No Democrats voted in favor of repeal. The “skinny repeal” ultimately failed with a 51-49 vote following a dramatic showdown.

Several Hollywood figures praised McCain and the other Republicans who voted against the bill. John Legend tweeted, “Thanks to the Senators who voted to kill that stupid, heartless bill. Let’s stay vigilant. It’s not over,” although he later noted that he has a “hard time calling the three Republicans who voted ‘no’ heroes.”

Rob Reiner, meanwhile, called McCain “a true hero.”

“Senator John McCain is a man of his word and a true hero. Compassion and heart wins the day,” he tweeted.

Elizabeth Banks also echoed the sentiment.

“Heroes who care and didn’t carelessly play with Americans’ health — Thank you @lisamurkowski @SenatorCollins @SenJohnMcCain,” she said.

“Great respect to @JohnMccain who put country over party,” Billy Crystal added.

President Donald Trump also weighed in about the latest defeat of one of his major legislative initiatives.

“Three Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, then deal. Watch!” he wrote.

Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Debra Messing, Rosie O’Donnell, and Beau Willimon were some of the other Hollywood heavyweights who chimed in. See their responses below.

“We will never stop fighting to protect health care for ALL,” Cyrus tweeted with a graphic that said “health care is a human right.”

“Please @SenateDems and @SenateGOP start fresh and make a Plan that you can be Proud of. Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for standing for [collaboration],” Messing said.

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  1. matt says:

    I just wish Republicans would work with Dems to fix healthcare and fulfill what Trump actually promised during the campaign. Shore up the individual markets and add a public option (which I know the GOP will not do)…and that way we’re not at single payer, which is not productive for libs to be talking about right now. People are hurting NOW…and rich Hollywood celebrities or politicians don’t help. We should all have what McCain has in terms of access to the best healthcare. When youre battling illness, you shouldn’t have to worry about money or what kind of care you can afford. Sadly if we had universal healthcare, the preventative care would make people healthier.

  2. JD says:

    You know you have a problem when John Legend and his wife are leading the charge against Trump.
    Hollywood elite are the worst

  3. Steve Barr says:

    Dream on Trump cockroaches . Your. Mango Mussolini is the swamp and you are too stupid to realize that McCain is everything that. your New York street punk isn’t and it drives you crazy .

    • Kaboom! says:

      The cockroaches are dreaming of the continued implosion of Obamacare, the failed policy based on the lies of Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Clinton. Those lies will prevent a Democratic president from ever being elected in the next decade, and it drives you crazy.

      • The Truth says:

        Apparently the Affordable Care Act has failed miserably to provide a successful mental health solution for you.

        The problem with Obamacare is that insurance companies have the power to sabotage the program by declining to participate. Their objective is to make as much money as they can, and they have no interest in the limited profit potential of Obamacare exchanges which compel them to insure those who need medical treatment most. The insurance companies would rather leave people without any health insurance options, create pain and chaos, and count on the Republicans to “solve the disaster” with a more profitable model.

        Of course, you can’t expect a business to operate against its own self interest. That’s why healthcare should be a universal, non-profit national service. Certainly the self-proclaimed greatest country on earth should be able to create and successfully the world’s best national healthcare system.

  4. Bill B. says:

    If a Republican had to win the presidency, it’s a shame it wasn’t this one. He’s a true American unlike what is currently stinking up the white House. Republicans, once not a bad group, have no dignity and deserve no respect whatsoever for supporting something that they knew wasn’t any good for the American public. They have shown much more interest in in placating their tyrannical leader rather than helping the people of this country. I’m sure they are probably sick of hearing him and being bullied by him, but that is still not justification.

  5. Kaboom! says:

    Amazing how Hollywood supports the failed policy of Obama and the Democrats built on the lie: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor.” Oh wait, I know why they support it, because the are multi-millionaire overpaid hateful zealots.

    • The Truth says:

      Hollywood supports Obamacare because the program has helped more sick Americans receive timely and effective medical treatment than any healthcare program in the history of the world. The program has several deficient aspects that require overhaul in order to work more successfully. But moving in a direction that compromises coverage for those who need it most is not the American Way.

      The GOP definition of better healthcare is more profit for insurance and pharmaceutical companies and less care for the poor and chronically ill. They’re not interested in fixing any Obamacare deficiencies because the program is fundamentally designed to prevent insurers from either gouging or refusing to cover the most expensive patients. Consequently, they’re objective is to destroy the program in favor of a system that benefits healthcare businesses rather than the people.

      While it’s true that some have had to change their plans and doctors under Obamacare, these changes are the result of business decisions by their insurers and healthcare providers, who do not want to limit their profit potential as Obamacare requires. Regardless, numerous surveys and polls indicate that a sizable majority of Americans believe the ACA has improved the quality and affordability of healthcare services.

  6. The Truth says:

    Are these pathetic canned comments attempting to disguise an Insurance Panda sales pitch as a pro-Trump rant really working? Are Trump’s uneducated lemming horde flocking to the brand to affirm right wing solidarity by purchasing worthless auto policies? Does French-kissing Putin’s ass seal the deal?

    Oh Conniew, so sad.

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