John McCain's brain tumor and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in McCain's decisive vote against the GOP health care bill. John McCain's (R-AZ) recently diagnosed brain cancer and the late-night timing of the vote might have been factors in why McCain ultimately made a decision to vote against the skinny Obamacare repeal last month.
Sen. Johnson also released a statement saying, "I'm disappointed I didn't more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and 48 Senate Democrats in derailing the GOP's far-right health care plan two weeks ago.
That surprised the interviewer, who asked, "Really?" and wondered whether the senator's illness and the late night affected his judgment. McCain returned to Capitol Hill after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer recently. That vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning.
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.
"Again, I-I-I don't know exactly what - we really thought - and again I don't want speak for any senator", the senator replied. "So you'll have to talk to John what was on his mind".
Most Republican senators - including Johnson - voted in favor of the "skinny repeal" with an assurance from House Speaker Paul Ryan that it would not pass the House and instead would serve as a tool to begin negotiations between chambers. "McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote". "I mean, he just had recovered from getting the brain tumor removed and then flew all the way to Washington, D.C., but you really think that that played a factor in his judgment call?". "I have nothing but respect for him, and the vote came at the end of a long day for everyone".
Though Johnson ended up backing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on all four key health care votes last month, he was a repeated annoyance for party leaders on the issue. That gaffe aside, it is interesting that he believed McCain was going to vote for the bill earlier in the evening.