Sen. John McCain underwent a surprise surgery Friday and had a 5-centimeter blood clot removed from above his left eye. According to a statement from the Mayo Clinic, McCain is “resting comfortably at home and is in good condition.” He’ll remain in Arizona for the next week, recovering from the procedure. Of course, we wish him well and hope he bounces back 100%.
However, because of his absence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to delay the controversial health care bill vote. They’re already not sure if they can pass it as is anyway, but without McCain, there’s no chance.
“Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery,” McConnell said in a statement. “While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.”
Hopefully senators will take this time to continue to work on the bill and make it something that can freaking pass. Meanwhile, Twitter’s making jokes.
I wish John McCain well and I wish everyone had John McCain’s health insurance.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 16, 2017
I’m fine with my tax $$ covering McCain’s healthcare.
As long as he’s fine with his covering mine.
See how that works?#TrumpCare
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) July 16, 2017
UPDATE: Due to McCain’s surgery, the vote’s delayed a week. Protests continue as planned. Let’s use every moment we’ve got to #KillTheBill.
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) July 16, 2017
Thank you, John McCain, for letting 24M Americans keep their coverage for another week, while you’re enjoying your tax funded healthcare.
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) July 16, 2017
History please take note of the irony if the ACA ends up being saved because John McCain took a week off for surgery to remove a blood clot.
— Frankly My Dear 🐁 (@goddamnedfrank) July 16, 2017
McCain’s surgery delays vote on health care bill, kinda ironic, hope he has good health insurance
— Renee Reiherzer (@reiherzerrenee) July 16, 2017
Anybody see the Irony in postponing a healthcare Vote due to Hospitalizing a supporter? McCain probably has better insurance than @GOP Plan.
— Tronald Dumpster💥🕉 (@TronaldDumpo) July 16, 2017
Death care vote delayed b/c McCain had surgery.
HIS insurance covered it + GOP’d keep THAT insurance only for themselves.
WE PAY FOR THAT!
— Susan Gross (@pricklyeater) July 16, 2017
Look, I understand that the GOP plan isn’t what we– conservatives– wanted. It leaves too much of Obamacare in place. I’m with Sen. Paul on that. But I can’t stand hearing entitled liberals shout, “DEATH CARE!” every five minutes anymore. No. The GOP is not going to kill people, and yes, Obamacare is failing. Blame yourselves. Democrats gave us this mess. Democrats.