McCain Deserves the Best, But So Do We

Senator John McCain, a man battling aggressive brain cancer, voted yes today on the motion to proceed on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA.)

I had wanted to write about McCain ever since a friend called my husband a Nazi for criticizing McCain’s votes on health care and how those votes tempered his sympathy for McCain’s condition.  However, cooler heads prevailed and pointed out to me that criticizing an ill man was in poor taste.  I agreed, and decided to take time to mull over the topic and my feelings towards it.

Today is the day I speak up.  Senator McCain is well enough that he flew to Washington D.C. for the sole purpose of voting to move forward on stripping healthcare access from millions of Americans.

How many of them have cancer?

Senator McCain deserves top quality healthcare, regardless of his ideologies or votes.  He deserves innovative treatments and a supportive, compassionate care environment.

We all deserve that level of care.

No illness removes the responsibility for the vote Senator McCain cast today.  He reserves some of the best health care in the world for himself while voting to remove access to healthcare from our loved ones.

Do not let anyone tell you that McCain’s illness makes him immune to criticism.  It does not.  If anything, his vote today shows how immune our legislators already are to the consequences of their actions.

One comment

  • Your critics have it backward. It is fascist to curtail free speech and insist on the government line, rather than the other way around. Born in 1940, I remember the end of WWII when Americans were afraid of nationalism such as Hitler’s. I lived in Arizona from 1966 to 1990, so watched John McCain through the years (dating Cindy and others while still married to Carol, who waited and wrote to him patiently with their two kids while he was in Vietnam because from a car accident she no longer looked like the bathing beauty he’d married), the Savings & Loan scandal that everyone else seems to have ignored, etc. While I’m sorry that anyone is ill, he’s a jerk, and it’s acceptable to tell the truth about public figures. President Trump is right that nobody is a hero from being a prisoner of war. That designation used to be for those who had done something extraordinarily brave. Some of his fellow prisoners agree that he’s no hero:

    A couple weeks before the November 2008 election before he spoke at UNI’s West Gym, I handed out about 100 informative flyers (with a red, white, and blue heading that said “Iowa McCain” which I copied from an email his campaign sent):

    Good Information from Senator McCain’s Book

    Several weeks ago, I received a request from the Republican National Committee to renew membership. Following are four reasons I will not, quoted from the chapter called “Straight Talk” in Worth the Fighting For by Senator John McCain with Mark Salter (Random House 2002). I borrowed the book from UNI’s Rod Library.

    p. 373: “I didn’t decide to run for President to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be President.”

    p. 376: “My public service had surely not been above reproach.”

    p.377: “Lest anyone think my positions were brave, if self-defeating, honesty obliges me to note that every poll my campaign conducted (and we took as many as we could afford) found greater support for paying down the debt than cutting taxes for upper-bracket incomes, among Republican voters as well as Democrats and independents.”

    p. 383: “But I could tell from the desperate looks of my staff that we had an enormous problem. And that it could come down to lying or losing. I chose lying.”

    Check all the facts, as some sources are intentionally deceptive.

    When asked why media outlets like Weekly Standard and Fox News Channel have become so popular, Matt Labash, a Weekly Standard senior writer, responded: “Because they feed the rage. We bring pain to the liberal media … The conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective … It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. Be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket” (“Interview with Matt Labash,”, May 2003 Entire interview at:

    Fact-checking Websites:


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