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Johnson suggests brain tumor factor in McCain health care vote

10 August 2017, 02:40 | Rufus Hill

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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson McCain's brain tumor might have been factor in no vote on health care

John McCain's brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in the Arizona lawmaker's decisive vote against the GOP health care bill. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Tuesday that he thinks that Sen.

But Johnson was singing a different tune in a statement Wednesday in which he said he's "disappointed I didn't more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen".

Maybe Johnson should consider the possibility that McCain's cognitive abilities weren't impaired, but that he, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski were the only Republicans in the Senate to realize a promise from Paul Ryan is worth about as much as a handful of shit, and that if the skinny repeal was passed millions of people would die and they could all kiss their chances of being reelected goodbye. He told the radio hosts that the bills Senate Republicans were considering were "grossly inadequate, particularly the skinny repeal" and called the entire process "awful".

Johnson seems to have been freelancing by suggesting McCain's cancer might be at fault here. By about 1:00, 1:30, he voted no.

In coming back to Washington to vote, questions around McCain's health were largely around the dangers of flying cross-country mid-recovery from brain surgery.

"Really?" replied one of the radio hosts, saying McCain recovered from surgery on a blood clot near the tumor and "flew all the way out to Washington DC". I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. "So you have to talk to John in terms of what was on his mind".

Johnson said he didn't want to speak for any other senator, "I don't know exactly what".

McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said in a statement to CNN that Johnson's comments were "bizarre and deeply unfortunate".

Johnson: "We did get a call from Paul [Ryan] and he assured us that that skinny repeal was not going to pass the House and it would have to go to conference". McCain is going through.

But blaming John McCain's brain tumor for making him vote no? "McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote".

As for the future of health care, Johnson says Obamacare "is not going away".

A month earlier, Johnson was among four GOP senators who, minutes after McConnell unveiled his initial bill, said they opposed it.

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