Report: Price Tag of Sen. John McCain’s Health Scare: $76,000

Report: Price Tag of Sen. John McCain’s Health Scare: $76,000


Vox reports: “According to a press release from McCain’s office, the senator had a craniotomy to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14, at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s now “recovering comfortably at home.”

Vox went on to report what many people likely were wondering in the back of their minds: If Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had no health insurance what would he pay for his unexpected brain surgery? 

McCain’s health emergency has stopped the Republican “health care” legislation in its tracks.  It would have also stopped his financial situation in its tracks as well if McCain didn’t have the insurance he’s likely to vote to take away from others.

VOX: “At the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix (line 1598 of this spreadsheet), the most recent data (2014) suggests the average charge to Medicare for a craniotomy was $76,119, while average Medicare payments ranged from $25,932 to $33,958.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 votes to proceed on a debate on Trumpcare. McCain’s illness forced McConnell to delay a procedural vote to debate Trumpcare.  The McCain delay may have in fact opened the floodgates of public opposition.

In a surprise, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced tonight that they will vote against even debating Trumpcare.  

Is the bill now dead?  


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.


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