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John McCain Throws Tantrum Because Russia Scandal Is Stalling The Deadly GOP Health Care Bill

Frustrated that constant Russia revelations are “sucking the oxygen out of the room,” John McCain threw a tantrum on Wednesday, saying that the latest developments are keeping Congress from doing the important work they were sent to Washington to do – like take health insurance away from more than 20 million Americans.

“It’s sucking the oxygen out of the room, everybody knows that,” McCain said to CNN.


The Arizona senator and failed GOP presidential nominee added, “I think it’s very difficult when you have this overwhelming barrage of new information that unfolds every few days. I think it’s obvious.”

While McCain and other Republicans in Congress are angry that the barrage of Russia bombshells is distracting them from passing their dangerous health care legislation, their frustration is actually the bright side of what is a troubling Trump scandal.

The flurry of Russia news, especially the New York Times bombshell that Donald Trump Jr. met with a lawyer linked to the Russian government, is a very serious matter. After all, the man who is now president – or his close associates – may have worked with a foreign adversary to swing a presidential election in his favor.

None of these stunning developments should be brushed off, but there is an upside – believe it or not – and that upside was put on display by McCain and other Republicans on Wednesday.

After all, each day that we focus on the serious matter involving the Trump campaign’s questionable and troubling ties to Russia, the GOP is kept from passing Trumpcare.

That may irk Republicans in Congress, but it’s good news for the millions of Americans who will continue to have access to health care through the Affordable Care Act – at least for now.

Sean Colarossi

Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.

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