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
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


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