- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles claims Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer, will die with “dishonor” for supporting the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Peter Dreier, a professor of politics and HuffPost contributor, penned an op-ed Tuesday comparing Mr. McCain to the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who cast a vote in July 2008 — five weeks after he underwent brain surgery for a cancerous tumor — to break a Republican filibuster on a Medicare bill.

Mr. Dreier said that unlike Mr. Kennedy, who “helped elect Barack Obama” and urged the then-president “to make universal health care a top priority,” Mr. McCain’s legacy will be one of cowardice.

“Today Senator John McCain returned to the Senate floor a week after receiving a diagnosis that he, too, has terminal brain cancer. And, like Kennedy before him, he received a standing ovation from senators of both parties,” the professor wrote in the op-ed, first flagged by conservative website Newsbusters. “But then McCain cast the deciding vote to allow debate to proceed on repealing the Affordable Care Act. By doing so, he not only voted to undo the major accomplishment of the man who defeated him for president in 2008, but also to deny millions of Americans the quality health care that he’s received for free as a United States Senator.

“So much for McCain’s claim to be ‘maverick,’ ” he added.

Mr. Dreier acknowledged that Mr. McCain, a Vietnam War veteran who was imprisoned and tortured by the North Vietnamese between 1967 and 1973, “was” a war hero during his time in the military.

“In the military, McCain was a hero. But today, on the Senate floor, McCain was a coward,” Mr. Dreier wrote of the Arizona senator. “He put loyalty to his party, to Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell, and, unbelievably, to President Trump over loyalty to his country and the needs of his fellow citizens.

McCain will die with this dishonor. Rather than do the right thing, he did the right-wing thing. Whatever else he’s accomplished in his political career, this will be his legacy,” he concluded.

Mr. McCain returned to the Senate floor Tuesday in his first public appearance since his tragic brain cancer diagnosis, casting a crucial vote on the motion to proceed to debate on health care legislation.

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