This past weekend, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he was holding off a vote on the Better Care Act — the replacement for the Affordable Care Act, until Sen. John McCain recovered from his recent surgery.
The surgery to remove a blood clot from near McCain’s eye took place on Friday. As of July 17, 2017, the vote has been put off indefinitely. Shortly after McConnell issued his statement, he and McCain received a flood of tweets calling on the U.S. Senate to ensure that the public has the same access to health care as McCain.
And that is the rub, as we say. John McCain can stop the wheels of government from moving because a routine health exam (you know, the kind most of us can’t afford to get) showed that he needed surgery to stay healthy.
Congress needs to start putting themselves in the shoes their voters walk in every single day, and to stop patting themselves on the back.