On Wednesday afternoon, Republican Senator John McCain went live on his Facebook page to clear the air on recent events. The senator wanted to discuss his recent diagnosis of brain cancer, as well as his somewhat surprising vote against the skinny healthcare repeal.
Sen. McCain announced on July 19 that he was diagnosed with brain cancer. A major tumor was discovered when he underwent a minor surgery to remove a blood clot. He had the tumor removed and began treatment immediately.
While some thought this meant the senator would be absent for his political duties, McCain made sure to be back on Capitol Hill before July 27, just in time for the vote on the skinny ObamaCare repeal.
While many Republican senators were confident that McCain would vote “yes” on the repeal, he made his decision at 1:30 am to vote “no,” thus determining the fate of the bill. After receiving much heat for the decision, the senator’s office released an official statement about his decision.
It said, “From the beginning, I have believed that ObamaCare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.”
While McCain explained his reasoning for his vote, some have been questioning the intentions and health of Senator McCain. On Tuesday, Republican Senator Ron Johnson said that McCain’s tumor may have affected his decision-making skills.
He said, “Again, I’m not gonna speak for John McCain- he has a brain tumor right now- that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in.”
Sen. Johnson since apologized for the statement, expressing his “sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through.”
Still, these questions caused Sen. McCain to post on his Facebook page on Wednesday to address them. He reassured viewers that he was intentional with his vote and commented on his difficult health situation.
What do you think about Sen. McCain’s, “I’m coming back”? Do you think that a better proposal for health care is on its way? Please continue praying for all of the leaders of our nation. Sen. McCain was in the limelight this week for reasons other than his health or vote. Everyone has been freaking out about this uncanny thing he just recently posted.