McCain says there's a way to make health care work for everybody

"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Monday if there is a bipartisan solution to universal health care to which he responded: "Of course there is."

The senator continued his criticism of the legislative process of recent health care bills proposed by Republican leaders.

"Look we got a system. We got committees. We got hearings. We got witnesses," he said. "Let’s go back to a system as our Founding Fathers designed it where we have this open and honest debate, where we have input from the smartest people in America.

McCain also mentioned the "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act was "crazy" and even asked those in the audience to raise their hands if they knew what a skinny repeal was.

The Arizona senior senator voted "no" on both the GOP's "skinny repeal" in July and, more recently, on the bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). President Donald Trump has expressed his frustrations with McCain for his "no" votes.

When McCain voted "no" on the Graham-Cassidy bill last month, he said he did so because it was presented on a party-line basis.

"As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate," he said in a statement. "Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment."

READ: Full statement from Sen. John McCain on voting no on Graham-Cassidy

McCain was a guest on the daytime talk show Monday to celebrate his daughter, and now "The View" co-host, Meghan's birthday. Healthcare was just one of the topics he discussed, mainly focusing on his strained relationship with Trump, his legacy and his cancer diagnosis.

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