Obamacare provider exits, insured left high and dry

August 8, 2017

AARP and others thank ASS for a nightmare scenario

Sunday’s Arizona Republic newspaper carried a dramatic full-page ad, white background with stark black letters declaring:

Thank you

Senator

McCain

The rest of the text is blue:

for putting patients first

and voting

against the

Senate health

care bill.

The lower third of the page included the names and logos of sixteen health related organizations representing various diseases and, of course, the Obamacare supporting AARP. The flashy show of appreciation to Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS), was in regard to his obviously practiced and intended to shock, Roman emperor Caligula-style thumbs down vote against the gladiator begging for mercy in the arena. In this case the victims are the American people sold a bill of rotten goods.

ASS has never recovered from his own failed 2008 presidential bid, exacerbated by Donald Trump’s stunning victory. Casting the deciding vote to derail the Republican effort was the self-described Maverick’s ultimate revenge.

Nevada’s Insurance Commissioner Barbara Richardson issued this statement on Monday, announcing that Anthem, the largest provider of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country, would pull out of the state’s 2018 individual insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. (Obamacare)

When Obama’s lips are moving you can be sure he’s lying. President Trump will survive the petty ASS’s vote. Can the same be said about the people of Nevada?


McCain single-handedly kills GOP effort to repeal Obamacare

July 28, 2017

McCain has written his own obituary

The Arizona Republic has gone mute. John McCain, the newspaper’s favorite obstructionist, a phony Republican who has spent his entire career in Washington colluding with Democrats, is no longer on the front page.  The massive photos and oversize headlines are gone, though John McCain isn’t.  Has he finally disappointed the left-leaning, Hillary Clinton and amnesty-supporting newspaper? His name has been obliterated from its pages this morning.  The only mention in the entire front section is a column on page 12 that was obviously written before he led the Republicans off the health care cliff and preserved the debacle known as Obamacare.

Nearly 81 and suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, John McCain was hailed a hero for returning to the U.S. Senate to cast a vote with Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held up a vote on the bill waiting for McCain to arrive. He was acclaimed for hopping a private jet to support the party under whose banner he ran and was first elected to the U.S. House in 1982 — 35 long years ago.

Yet in a 51-49 vote that finally took place at 2 a.m. this morning, John McCain cast the deciding vote to kill the repeal. Republicrats Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) had already signaled they’d be voting with the Democrats, once again. It was John McCain’s opposition vote that sealed the deal. A jealous, perpetually angry and petty man, McCain doesn’t want to give President Trump the repeal which was a hallmark of his victorious campaign.

“It is time to move on,” McConnell said after the vote.

Senate Minority Leader Democrat Charles Schumer with whom McCain and Jeff Flake partnered on the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, smugly clucked, “We are not celebrating. We are relieved.”

The next time Seeing Red AZ writes about this despicably arrogant double-crosser will be when he draws his last breath.  To most Republicans, he’s already dead.


Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

July 19, 2017

Reported to be a particularly aggressive type of malignancy

At the request of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his family, Mayo Clinic released the following statement today:

“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.

“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.

“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. 

“The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”

The office of Senator John McCain also released the following statement:

“Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”

Because glioblastomas can grow rapidly, the most common symptoms are usually caused by increased pressure in the brain. These symptoms can include headache, seizures, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

Depending on the location of the tumor, patients can develop a variety of other symptoms such as weakness on one side of the body, memory and/or speech difficulties, hearing and vision loss, according to the American Brain Tumor Association website.

Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, the association says.

The Hill carries this account of John McCain’s condition.

The Tucson Daily Star reports on a “malignant brain tumor.”

The Arizona Republic refers to a “brain tumor.”


Is serious condition downplayed by McCain’s office, Mayo Clinic?

July 17, 2017

The New York Times is reporting that neurosurgeons reviewing the facts surrounding John McCain’s craniotomy to remove a 2 inch blood clot “above his left eye”.are concluding that his surgery may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and could delay his return to Washington by a longer period of time than the week originally stated.

“Usually, a blood clot in this area would be a very concerning issue,” said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He added, “The recovery time from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks.”

The cause of the clot has not been disclosed. Possibilities include a fall or a blow to the head, a stroke or certain brain changes associated with aging. McCain will be 81 next month. His office did not divulge if he takes blood thinners.

“Usually, a blood clot like this is discovered when patients have symptoms, whether it’s a seizure or headaches or weakness or speech difficulties,” Dr. Baxi said. “Generally, it’s not found on a routine physical because doctors would not know to look for it.” 

An initial press release regarding his condition indicated McCain’s blood clot was found during a routine physical examination.

McCain’s recent confused questioning (video) of former FBI director James Comey led to widespread speculation that he suffered a health related impairment.  He dismissed questions that something was wrong by saying he had stayed up too late watching a Diamondbacks baseball game the night before.

The dependably McCain-fawning Arizona Republic, unable to ignore his bizarre performance, even addressed the elderly senator’s incoherent interview of Comey in this coverage by McCain’s assigned reporter, Dan Nowicki.   Columnist E.J. Montini used the descriptive words, “awkward, befuddled performance,” concluding it was “embarrassing.”


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

July 16, 2017

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.


SCOTUS: 6 Cases amid rumors of Kennedy retirement

June 25, 2017

The SCOTUS blog provides a rundown of the final cases of the Supreme Court ‘s current session, though interest is also swirling about the rumored retirement announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.  

The Left is already in full rage mode over  Barack Obama’s lame duck nominee Merrick Garland ,falling off the face of the legal earth as President Donald Trump appointed  Tenth Circuit Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the high court after the unexpected death of iconic justice Antonin Scalia. 

Democrats will go apoplectic if Trump gets another bite at the Supreme Court apple. Expect resistance, distortions and fireworks from the left.

But nothing is certain with justices. Justice Kennedy, who turns 81 in July, was a Reagan nominee who relished his position as the ‘swing vote,’ often siding with the court’s liberals — as did Sandra Day O’Connor, who also skunked Reagan.

The other two older justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, and Stephen Breyer, 78, were both nominated by Bill Clinton.  Democrats are not known to veer from their liberalism. Chief Justice John Roberts, nominated by George W. Bush, stunned Republicans when he upheld the health care overreach known as Obamacare by inveigling  the costs as “a tax.“ Roberts also voted with the liberals to gut most of Arizona’s well crafted SB 1070, which addressed the flood of illegal aliens entering our state.

For background on Chief Justice Roberts legal switcheroos, we recommend you read Jeff Crouere’s analysis  Et Tu, John Roberts? posted at the time on Townhall.


One tough job: Making excuses for John McCain

June 12, 2017

“Lapses in acuity” is putting it mildly.  McCain embarrassed himself and each of the hoodwinked Arizonans who voted this octogenarian another 6-year term

It was a rare sight, to be sure. But there is was. The Sunday editorial in the Arizona Republic was actually dripping nervous sweat. The editorial board is clearly terrified.

And the cause of this angst? None other than the left leaning newspaper’s favorite anti-Republican Republican and recalcitrant self-styled “maverick,” John McCain.

Those who watched McCain’s mortifying interview with former FBI director James Comey, wondered what the disconnect was. Twitter erupted with chatter diagnosing a mini stroke. The newspaper, though striving to be generous, still used these brutal words:

“…one of the world’s leading statesmen, speaking in words completely unmoored from reality,” adding, “the gibberish of U.S. Sen. John McCain blew up social media and raised fresh doubts about his fitness to hold office.”

Is the editorial board admitting it had doubts about his fitness to hold office when it gifted him with an endorsement over exceptionally well qualified Dr. Kelli Ward just last fall? If so, why did the newspaper work so diligently to marginalize her? Even the newspaper knows that calling McCain “one of the world’s leading statesmen,” is a laughable stretch. 

It’s a given they use any occasion to hammer President Trump and this editorial was no exception. But for a brief moment, they actually dole out some truth:

“As for McCain, his mental lapse in the biggest Senate hearing of the year cannot be taken lightly. McCain made no sense as he confused the former FBI director with a question about inconsistent approaches to investigations of Trump and Hillary Clinton.

McCain will be under intense scrutiny from here out, as the national media puts him under the microscope. His office needs to take this seriously and make sure steps are taken to understand exactly what happen.

If this was caused by momentary fatigue and not something more serious, the McCain office needs to make this clear to the public with evidence.”

Then comes this foolishness:

“In the meantime, McCain deserves our patience and respect. He is a genuine war hero, who has been for years a tireless public servant. Age can produce lapses in acuity that are temporary and out of character. We can only hope this is the case with John McCain and that he continues to serve this state well for years to come.”

“Hero” McCain is a construct as this video featuring senators, military brass and those who served with him in Vietnam clearly shows. It would be interesting to know exactly how many more “years to come”  they hope to get out of a man who will celebrate his 81st birthday in August?