aside Senator McCain In Hospital Is Holding Up Passage of Trumpcare 3.0

Image result for photos of senator mccainWhile we are wishing Senator John McCain well, as he continues to recover from emergency surgery on July 14, 2017, the US Senate’s latest health care bill (BCRA)/ Better Care Reconciliation Act/ Trumpcare 3.0, the bill has been placed on hold. by the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch MConnell. Without Senator McCain’s vote, the bill is one vote short.

Here is an update from Senator McCain’s website: “Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”

Here’s the rest of the story…

On July 15, 2017, Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post penned the following news,  “McConnell defers vote on Senate health-care bill after McCain surgery.”

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) put off plans late Saturday to vote on a bill to overhaul the nation’s health-care system next week, after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced he would be at home recovering from surgery, leaving Republicans short of the votes they needed to advance the legislation.”

“McCain underwent surgery in Phoenix on Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. “On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week,” said McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo. A statement from the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said the senator is resting at home “in good condition” and that “the surgery went very well.”

Image result for photo of senator mitch mcconnell“In a statement Saturday night (7/15/17), McConnell said that “while John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act,”

“Unless at least one of two Republican senators dropped their opposition to moving ahead on the bill, or a vote was postponed until McCain returned, the bill would not have had the support to proceed.”

“Two Republican senators — Rand Paul and Susan Collins — have said they will not vote yes to even proceed to the bill. Along with all 48 senators in the Democratic Caucus — and without McCain — their opposition would be enough to block the bill from proceeding to debate. There are 52 Republican senators.”

Image result for photos of rand paul and susan collins

Administration officials including Pence argue that Medicaid is not sustainable in the future and that what they are doing is saving the program over the long run by reining it in. They also argue that no one stands to lose coverage in the face of clear data suggesting otherwise.”

“Sandoval is not relying on those arguments. He said his team is running its own numbers back home. He said he has not spoken to Trump in the last few days. But he plans to speak to (Senator Dean) Heller on Sunday or Monday.”

“The political pressure Trump can apply on more conservative Republicans does not apply as much to Sandoval. He hails from a state where Trump lost, and he rose through the ranks in a different wing of the Republican Party than the president.”

“Some Democratic colleagues who know Sandoval well are deeply skeptical that he will support the Senate bill. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe thinks there is “zero” chance that Sandoval comes out in support. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sandoval, “as he always does with every issue, asks the right questions. He’s trying to do it for the right reasons.”

Please send him a get well card with a note that all of us want to be blessed with the same level care of healthcare he received. We need him for his stance against Russia.


2201 East Camelback Road
Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85016

218 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


  1. Perhaps John. McCain might imagine what it would be like if one of the current Medicaid losers of this plan were in the same position as him in the hospital.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Usfman,

      I have sent a get well card to the Phoenix office with commentary along these lines.I scribbled, “it would be so sad if American taxpayers were barred from the same high quality of care you enjoyed because they lost their Medicaid or access to affordable healthcare insurance.What if this American were one of our US veterans? And no, don’t say this can’t happen.

      All the senators should do their own due diligence by contracting with a credible, reputable independent source, as to how the numbers would play out in their individual states.

      Hugs, Gronda


Comments are closed.