On Tuesday, with the help of Vice President Mike Pence as the tiebreaker vote, the Senate moved to go forward with debate on an Obamacare repeal bill. All eyes were on Sen. John McCain, who had returned to the chamber after being diagnosed with brain cancer and was expected to either push the vote to a tie or kill the bill. In the end, the senator chose to keep in line with his Republican colleagues, and Twitter excoriated McCain for his health care vote.
Many people were especially frustrated with McCain's speech following the vote, which encouraged the Senate to work together and come up with a partisan bill, because that is not the message that his vote sent. Although he voted to open up debate, he used his speech to denounce the health care bill in its current form and call for an amended solution.
With his recent health diagnosis, many Americans have been lamenting the positive contributions that McCain has given to politics, emphasizing the humanity he has shown to those on the other end of the isle, even when he does not always agree with them. However, with this vote, many see him as a hypocrite—especially those who view the Republican health care bill as a vehicle for leaving people without coverage for preexisting conditions, much like the cancer McCain was just diagnosed with. While McCain relies on his own coverage for cancer treatment, they argue that others will have to do without for their health concerns.
Get Out Reference
Dems: John, give me the keys. Where are the keys? Babe, where are those keys??!!!— Alex Abad-Santos (@alex_abads) July 25, 2017
John McCain: pic.twitter.com/RoA1seVjFp
People feel tricked by McCain.
But Trump Is Happy
Senator John McCain, @realDonaldTrump is "grateful" to you. You'll always have that.— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 25, 2017
Even if Americans aren't.
The Irony Of McCain's Vote
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.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 25, 2017
Some see it as a vote to take away others' health care while he's taking advantage of his own taxpayer-funded care.
It Contradicts His Speech
I have never cared about something less than I care about John McCain feeling terrible about his terrible vote.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) July 25, 2017
After the vote, McCain addressed the Senate, saying that he did not support the Republican health care bill as it stood. However, some felt that if he didn't support it, he shouldn't have voted to debate it.
'Maverick' John McCain
Maverick John McCain pulls the Maverick Move of voting to strip health care from millions of people. What a maverick.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 25, 2017
The senator's nickname was used against him.
Not A Good Ending
SPOILER ALERT: The ending of the John McCain movie is depressing as hell.— Chris Jones (@EnswellJones) July 25, 2017
People were very disappointed with his vote.
The Irony Was Not Lost
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.— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 25, 2017
Some hoped that he would see this and refuse to move the bill through.
A New Legacy
McCain remains a war hero. He can never lose that since unlike Trump, he stood up and served. But today's vote is his other legacy. https://t.co/LCwIrt3IDL— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 25, 2017
McCain's vote will likely be remembered regardless of whether Obamacare repeal passes.
A Hypocritical Speech
McCain, after voting to proceed with unprecedentedly secretive process, is giving a general speech decrying a decline in Senate procedure.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 25, 2017
Voting to do one thing then deriding that same thing after doesn't always go over well.
A Message From A Cancer Survivor
From one cancer survivor to another, John McCain, don't come at me with your soaring rhetoric while I'm paying for your excellent treatment.— Matt Farley (@Matt_Farley) July 25, 2017
There are still a lot of raw feelings left from Tuesday's vote to move forward with Obamacare repeal, and now it's up to McCain to make good on his promises to the people to hold an open debate on health care and bring Democrats in to the process to create a fix that will not harm people.