John McCain is back in good health — just in time to destroy American healthcare!
The Republican Senator made a triumphant return to the Senate on Tuesday, where he cast the tie-making vote on a procedural step in advancing the GOP’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
After recovering from surgery in Arizona, McCain flew to Washington and was greeted by standing ovations on both sides of the Senate floor when he dramatically marched on the floor to cast the crucial vote.
The 80-year-old, who had just been diagnosed with brain cancer, voted “aye” on advancing the legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Earlier this month, the Senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix — which doesn’t sound too affordable, if you ask us. While most of Washington expected McCain to sit this one out and focus on his recovery, his vote was necessary to move the debate forward.
McCain’s vote made only 50 “aye”s, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor.
It’s important to note McCain did not vote for the bill “as it is today,” but encouraged the Senate to go back to the drawing board with hearings and discussions with Democrats — all things the GOP has been sneakily avoiding so far.
After casting the vote, McCain spoke from the floor and scolded his Republican colleagues, urging them to work with Dems on a bill that works for everyone. He declared:
“We’re getting nothing done my friends. We’re getting nothing done. All we’ve really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.”
The Senator also shaded Donald Trump, adding:
“We are not the President’s subordinates. We are his equals.”
He’s the last crusty voice in politics, that’s for sure!
Watch the Senate erupt in applause upon McCain’s return (below) — and see what people had to say about the vote.
Vice Pres. Pence votes “aye,” breaking tie in crucial procedural health care vote; Senate to move forward to debate GOP health care bill. pic.twitter.com/4zFtlE4UWF
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ ABC News (@ABC) July 25, 2017
A celebrated war hero got on a plane to vote to take away healthcare from millions including other celebrated war heroes
Thanks John McCain
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 25, 2017
John McCain left hospital stay paid by taxes on flight paid by taxes to remove health insurance from taxpayers. And we paid him to do it.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 25, 2017
There’s a certain cruel irony of John McCain coming back to vote against healthcare, at a time when his life depends on having good care.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 25, 2017
John McCain is the Republican dream: a man with no empathy who gets to call himself a hero.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) July 25, 2017
Dems: John, give me the keys. Where are the keys? Babe, where are those keys??!!!
We pay for Senator John McCain’s healthcare├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥He just voted to take ours away├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥Congress should be first to lose healthcare before any American.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 25, 2017
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