John McCain's Diagnosis Has People Talking About What Illness Really Looks Like For Regular People

July 20th 2017

Almie Rose

John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis is sparking conversation on Twitter, with people sharing their own stories of how they coped (or didn't) with a similar condition.


As both Republicans and Democrats send condolences, many are also taking this moment to point out that while it's a terrible condition for McCain to be diagnosed with, he knows he'll be provided with the best possible health care — and that doesn't apply to everyone.

Health care is something of a wild card in a country without universal health care.

As federal employees, members of Congress are offered widespread health care options. These discrepancies in health care have been duly noted on Twitter upon hearing of McCain's serious diagnosis, along with how McCain could influence the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Geraldine DeRuiter wrote a Twitter thread about her own, and others, medical experiences in relation to the ACA:

In conclusion?

Some noted that it's possible to feel both empathy for McCain's condition and wish there were better health care options:

McCain didn't get the opportunity to vote on the ACA and, now, that he's recovering, it's unclear what will happen. The vote has been delayed. McCain tweeted on Thursday, "I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"