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John McCain's Thumb in the Eye — Cartoon and Column

02 Agosto 2017, 10:32 | Bibiana Flor

As the Senate debates the future of health care it begs the question How do members of Congress currently get coverage

As the Senate debates the future of health care it begs the question How do members of Congress currently get coverage

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold said, "There are some female senators from the Northeast - if it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style". McCain couldn't have buried the knife any deeper.

But McCain wasn't single-handed in shooting down the Skinny Bill.

"It is simply impossible to overestimate the love, bordering on worship, that reporters in Washington long had for McCain, and to a great degree still do", Washington Post contributor Paul Waldman wrote Tuesday as Senator John McCain, diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, returned to Capitol Hill to vote on the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of nation's governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people", McCain said".

However, the senator emphasized that he was working and that he would "be ready to go back to work in September. I'm eating well and feeling fine, getting plenty of exercise", the Arizona Republican told "The Mike Broomhead Show" on KFYI-AM in Phoenix.

To all the Republicans who voted for it even though they admitted it was a terrible bill, please rethink your priorities. "McCain fights through cancer to take healthcare from millions", read another of the gentler, viral missives. Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the internet. It's important to applaud them for stopping this train wreck of a healthcare bill. They believed that the bill they voted against would do more harm than good.

Now, 13 years after Hastert's offensive abrogation of Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment (never speak ill of a fellow Republican), the House GOP is livid with McCain once again. Republicans rhetoric was repeal and replace. At the beginning of each legislative session, Enzi and Kennedy would list the 80 percent of the issues they agreed on and try to work within that framework. Maybe this was payback for Donald Trump's insults. Priebus was fired Friday.

As we always say, the heroes of Watergate were, for the most part, Republicans. The minimalist repeal measure was brought forward with the hopes that more substantive changes would be achieved in what is deemed a "conference committee" in which differences between bills passed in both chambers are reconciled.

The son and grandson of four-star admirals, he had a checkered career in the Navy, known for his rebellious nature. And the president plays fast and loose with the Pentagon, ignoring normal policy processes.

Less than one year ago, I watched my sister take her last breath. So I hadn't immediately seen President Trump's tweet of July 25 calling Sen.

Trump's next missile strike might heedlessly trigger a war. Once they took all three branches of government the Democrats would provide no aid because there was no political room for bipartisan legislation.

Are we absolutely certain President Trump is not mentally unbalanced? "We are his equal!"

Is it really the Affordable Care Act that increases the cost of insurance, or is it the actions of insurance companies and the ever-escalating cost of health care treatment and medications in this country?

Last Tuesday, Murkowski and Collins were the sole GOP senators to vote against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's procedural vote and were two of nine GOP senators to vote down the Better Care Reconciliation Act. But with that, it was done.



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