Congressman Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania (D) tossed decorum and class out the window when he expressed hope that Senator John McCain would vote against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill because he’s currently “staring death in the face.”
McCain is currently battling brain cancer, a diagnosis that came shortly after surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye was performed in July. He has been receiving chemotherapy treatments to help combat the aggressive form of cancer, but returned to the Senate in July to cast a deciding vote against a ‘skinny’ version of an Obamacare repeal bill.
Now, the Senate is poised to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill next week after an announcement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office.
Cartwright is concerned, but hopeful that McCain’s perspective on keeping Obamacare remains in the Democrats favor due to his condition.
“McCain – I’m worried about,” Cartwright lamented. “Something tells me, McCain – he’s staring death in the face right now – so he’s probably going to make good choices and he’s not going to bend to political pressure.”
Meghan McCain, daughter of the Arizona senator, took to social media and blasted Cartwright for the insensitive comments. She called his remarks “disgusting and macabre.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 22, 2017
The National Republican Congressional Committee took Cartwright to task in a post that defined his remarks as an attempt to “score cheap political points in the ongoing healthcare debate.
They labelled his statement as possibly the “most demented comment of 2017.”