John McCain Returns to D.C. 11 Days After Cancer Diagnosis to Push Ahead Obamacare Repeal
On Tuesday, less than two weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) returned to Washington D.C. to cast his vote in a motion to proceed with repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
I'm grateful to the ppl of Arizona for the privilege to serve& play a small role in the history of the nation I love https://t.co/7j00J2Rilz
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 25, 2017
McCain voted in favor of proceeding, leaving the vote tied with all Democrats and two Republican senators — Sens. Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME) — opposing. Vice President Pence was there to break the tie, moving the fight to repeal Obamacare forward.
Following the vote, McCain gave a speech, noting he would not vote for the bill in its current state. “I will not vote for this bill as it is today,” he said. “It’s a shell of a bill right now, we all know that.”
As news of the motion passing made its way around social media, Twitter users had a lot to say about McCain’s return, as well as today’s important vote.
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) July 25, 2017
McCain came back to the Senate to take away from his own constituents the kind of healthcare that's keeping him alive. Atrocious.#SaveACA
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) July 25, 2017
— #Enough (@bekinddotcom) July 25, 2017
The irony of a man with terminal brain cancer who can afford health insurance mustering all his strength to kill people who can't. #SaveACA
— May Brian (@mabri1741) July 25, 2017
Of course, not everyone was upset the motion passed. Republicans have been promising to repeal Obamacare for the past seven years. President Trump has also been pushing for the law’s repeal, giving a speech on Monday featuring “victims of Obamacare.”
— OakTown ☢ Unfiltered / Follow me on Parler (@hrtablaze) July 25, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain-Thank you for coming to D.C. for such a vital vote. Congrats to all Rep. We can now deliver grt healthcare to all Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Welcome back, @SenJohnMcCain. I know you're eager to get back to work, and we’re all very pleased to have you back with us now.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 25, 2017
With the motion-to-proceed passing, a 20-hour debate on repealing Obamacare as well as its potential replacement will follow next.