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One of the most famous attendees of the bipartisan healthcare reform summit is Republican Senator John McCain. The Arizona senator and President Obama’s opponent in the 2008 election has been a feisty counterpoint. Some would speculate that some bitterness from the bruising campaign was in play.
John McCain wants each state to be treated equally in any bill, and is concerned with legislative process. He spoke up against the budget reconciliation option the Obama administration is considering to push this health insurance plan through.
At one point, Obama agreed with one of his comments, which took McCain aback with shock. However, there was still some back-in-forth. His presence is slightly puzzling, since he is not a ranking member of relevant committees. Although McCain has previously been known for bipartisan cooperation with Democrats (such as the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill), he is currently facing a more conservative Republican primary opponent. Therefore, he may not have the flexibility to compromise, even though there is a surprising amount of common ground when it comes to affordable health insurance.