Post 2: Rhetorical Appeals

In The Guardian article, John McCain, who currently serves as the US Senator of Arizona, released a statement on his view on how unsuccessful the newly proposed Republican bill will be.

Throughout the article, he stresses reasons why a “strictly Republican bill” will not work and a bipartisan approach to universal healthcare will be the better option. He uses all appeals of rhetoric to explain why a one party healthcare system will not work with the shifting parties every Presidential term. John McCain’s statement is intended to explain to the other senators who will be voting for it why it will not be a good idea as seen from the last Presidency having healthcare mainly for Democrats or the “lower class”. This statement has a kind of urgency that is wrapped with it because if the bill is passed, certain people will have a hard time receiving/paying for healthcare since it will be mainly party-based.

McCain used pathos as his main appeal throughout this statement.

“This issue too is important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing…how they will acquire health insurance.”

Basically says that healthcare shouldn’t be a privilege but a right to every American and they shouldn’t have to wonder whether or not they will be insured if they get sick. McCain also states that

“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition…The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them.”

This shows that he is standing for what he believes and and is trying to relate to us by saying that even if he is opposing the bill, the bill is not the only thing he is opposing to. Basically he is opposing to his friends who helped create the bill and he later states that he is only doing it for what he believes in — the same motives his friends on the other side of the bill have.

Lastly, McCain actually used Kairos in his statement as well.

“We should not be content to pass healthcare legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009”

This is using Kairos in a way that is reflecting at what had happened in the past and convincing the others to not follow the same path. This applies to the appropriateness and time of the situation since this just happened merely with the last President. This could also be considered ethos because like what was said it is reflecting on the past and using what had resulted as evidence to what may happen in the future.

John McCain’s short but loaded speech helped get his point out in a way that anyone can easily understand. His use of rhetorical appeal was very effective in trying to persuade readers as to why this healthcare bill will not be any different as the last.

Works Cited:

McCain, John. “John McCain on Healthcare: ‘Attempt at a Strictly Republican Bill Cannot Succeed’.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 22 Sept. 2017,

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