The country is continuing to hurtle towards this year’s midterm elections, with virtually the entire Congress set to be reshaped. Democrats need to pick up about a couple of dozen seats in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate to become the majority party in both houses of Congress — and Democrats have a clear advantage over Republicans going into the election.
There are numerous Congresspeople leaving the legislature at the end of their present terms, including the long serving Republican Senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch.
Hatch is one of those Republicans who have gone from a seemingly independent political figure to a Trump shill, and some are suggesting that he could be replaced by someone who has undergone a similar transition — Mitt Romney. Romney has a long history of opposition to the president, but that opposition became puzzling when Romney met with Trump during the transition period as part of the then president-elect’s efforts to find a Secretary of State.
Since then, Trump and Romney have diverged on important issues like that of failed Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Even still, Trump and Romney spoke on the phone just this past week, with the president wishing his ardent critic “best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Now, however, there is a new factor weighing on the question of whether or not Romney will run for the U.S. Senate seat that Hatch is vacating — Romney was reportedly “treated over the summer for prostate cancer,” with the source revealing this information to the media stating that the treatment had been successful.
An individual identified as a “Romney aide” is said to have “added that the cancer was removed surgically and found not to have spread beyond the prostate.”
Romney is the former Governor of Massachusetts and was the GOP nominee for president in 2012, with current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan having been his running mate at the time.
Romney isn’t the only GOP leader to suffer from cancer, which is ironic considering the fury with which Republicans have sought to undercut the nation’s health care system.
Arizona’s Senator John McCain suffers from brain cancer, and fittingly, after battling through the effects of his disease to make it to Washington, D.C., last year, his “No” vote is widely perceived as the one that sunk the GOP’s then-ongoing efforts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP has managed to undercut the ACA, even in the face of their efforts to just completely repeal the whole thing failing, including a repeal of the individual mandate in the tax reform package that Trump signed into law late last year. Including that individual mandate repeal means that the insurance market’s stability is now threatened yet again, with the option there for consumers to pull out of the market, thus increasing the costs of the market’s operation.
Meghan McCain, John McCain’s daughter, shared a touching moment on national television with Joe Biden as the latter tried to comfort McCain over her father’s diagnosis, having lost his son to the same illness.
Republicans still want to undercut the nation’s health care system anyway.
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