Sen. Ron Johnson Blames Sen. John McCain’s Brain Tumor For Saving Health Care
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin blamed Republican Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor for McCain’s “no” vote on the Republican’s skinny repeal, which would have left millions of Americans uninsured without a replacement plan.
Johnson made his comments on AM560 “Chicago’s Morning Answer” radio program on Aug. 8, notes CNN:
We did get a call from Paul (Ryan) and he assured us that skinny repeal was not going to pass the House it would have to go to conference.
Again, I’m not gonna speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now — that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in.
After his claim was questioned by the radio host, Johnson added:
Again, I-I-I don’t know exactly what — we really thought — and again I don’t want speak for any senator. 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 talk to John in terms what was on his mind.
After the broadcast went viral, Johnson issued a statement on Aug. 9: “I’m disappointed I didn’t more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through. I have nothing but respect for him and the vote came at the end of a long day for everyone.”
McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo told CNN that Johnson’s comments were “bizarre and deeply unfortunate.”