McCain’s cranial surgery for blood clot delays health care vote

At the request of Sen. John McCain and his family, Mayo Clinic released the following statement:

“Following a routine annual physical, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm (2 inch) blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision. Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days.”

“The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition. His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went ‘very well’ and he is in good spirits. Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family. In the meantime, his Mayo Clinic care team will not be conducting interviews. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”

McCain’s recovery hiatus has caused Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell to delay what is expected to be a very tight vote on the health care revision. Democrats are united in their opposition and several Republicans are not sold on the bill.  

McCain, who turns 81 next month, was reelected to another six-year term in 2016.

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14 Responses to McCain’s cranial surgery for blood clot delays health care vote

  1. State Delegate says:

    Given McCain’s position, it wouldn’t be surprising if this not insignificant sized blood clot could have been more than what is being told to the public through this cheery note from Mayo Clinic. If McCain is incapacitated or dies, Gov. Ducey will name his replacement. At McCain’s advanced age, Arizonans should be prepared for an appointed senator. Any bets on who that might be?

    • Army Of One says:

      My best bet would be Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who doesn’t want to stay in that dead end post for the rest of his political life. McCain graduated (at the bottom of his class) from the US Naval Academy. Montgomery graduated from West Point. It would be played as a younger soldier sliding into the position of an ancient mariner.

  2. Frankly Speaking says:

    If I had my druthers, Ducey should appoint solid conservative Dr.Kelli Ward, who McCain savaged during her challenge to him last year. It would be the sweetest revenge. She is well qualified having served in the AZ Senate for two, two year terms.
    https://www.kelliward.com/about
    Then someone else could challenge Arizona’s other senate Republicrat Jeff Flake, who should feel what it’s like to be purged as he, McCain and previously Kyl have done to conservative precinct committeemen.

  3. Realist says:

    I was raised not to wish ill on others, but I have to admit John McCain makes me veer from my fine parent’s good teachings. He has created so much chaos for not only Arizonans but American citizens throughout the United States for deceptively running as a Republican and then aligning with the most liberal senate Democrats, such as Chuck Schumer and the late Ted Kennedy, always promoting amnesty for illegals, as a major example. He contrived the “maverick” label in am effort to explain his liberal positions on one issue after another. What McCain has been doing to to intentionally harm President Trump is disgraceful

    And to answer State Delegate’s question, Kelli Ward has my vote!! I’ve heard her speak twice and believe she’s the real deal.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Make No mistake—-if you were to have a “routine” physical, no one would ever make such a finding. Ever have a yearly Medicare physical? Weight, height, BP, pulse, respirations, and maybe temp get recorded. If you have an issue, such as a sore throat, on the day of that Medicare yearly physical, the physician has to (by Fed regulation) switch gears and conduct an “acute care visit” to address the sore throat and any other medical issues that you may bring up at that setting.

    The routine Medicare yearly physical is a joke.

    Like so many others who would choose to die with his boots on,
    he may already have made the necessary promises or threats in order for Megan or even Cindy to continue the McCain reign.
    Although Megan’s legal residence may not be AZ, it would not surprise me that lies or deception could quickly fix that potential problem. Because, after all, he is Such a Hero.

    Ducey will never in a million years appoint Dr. Ward or anyone else who is a true conservative.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      Meghan is a certifiable moron who has a job with Fox because the network has long had its nose up John McCain’s butt. She is qualified for nothing. Neither is her mother, who I doubt would be interested in being a senator when she has a $ multimillion beer distributorship corporation to oversee.

      My best guess is Doug Ducey would figure out a way to appoint himself!

      • East Valley Conservative says:

        Doug Ducey is a McCainiac. His first job after arriving in Phoenix to attend ASU was working for Hensley & Co., Cindy’s beer empire. Dig deep enough and you;ll find they are all intertwined. Only McCain’s demise will free us from the ironclad grip he has on the Republican Party in Arizona. He owns the state party leadership and many of the politicians. I make it a practice not to vote for anyone who is endorsed by either of the two interchangeable squish senators (McCain and McFlake) or the Chamber of Commerce, headed by opportunist Glenn Hamer. He was the former Executive Director of the state party who abruptly resigned to go to the Chamber, and immediately endorsed Democrat Janet Napolitano for governor. He also endorsed Bob Worsley over Russell Pearce in the EV legislative race. His endorsements are unworthy of consideration and should be a red flag for conservative voters.
        We should be judged by the company we keep.

    • Ajo Joe says:

      Excellent point about routine physicals most of us receive. Ditto with McCain’s ability to be treated at Mayo Clinic which doesn’t take medicare patients unless they are cash payers.

      http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/insurance/faq

      • Saguaro Sam says:

        But Mayo will bend over backyards for their cash cows—“medical tourists” from Canada, large numbers of whom arrange junkets specifically for medical tests AND golf outings.

  5. Kathy says:

    Does McCain have Obamacare insurance?? That would be a big NO! McCain has Cadillac insurance paid for by We the People. Death panels for We the People, but not for the establishment elites.

    I do not wish ill will – but is he even considering how his votes actually affect We the People during this time?

    • Doc says:

      …uuummm…no. No, he considers NOTHING having to do with Arizonans. He is a selfish, self-serving, vicious, nasty, evil little man who ONLY cares about himself & his brainless ideas that ONLY serve him.

      …hope this answers your question…

      • Kathy says:

        Doc – my question was sarcasim, but I’m sure you knew that. Anyway, you did nail it with your answer!

  6. Angee says:

    He must be happy he attended the wedding of his son, but unable to vote for such an important ‘National Vote for Medical Care’ Hope he gets well soon to do the job he sought with such enthusiasm. (?)

  7. Hunter says:

    We should count our blessings that McCain wasn’t at the Senate to vote for that horrible RinoCare Bill. If the Congressional Republicans won’t vote to simply repeal Obama Care like they promised, they shouldn’t bother voting on any health care bill. They can implement market reforms and other ways to make health care a better value for Americans in simple, comprehensible bills AFTER they repeal Obama Care which is which is a bloated incomprehensible mess. Fixing it is impossible.