August 28th, 2008
01:09 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain adviser: Everyone in U.S. has some health coverage

A McCain adviser speaks out on the uninsured.
A McCain adviser speaks out on the uninsured.

(CNN) – A health care policy adviser for the McCain campaign told a newspaper reporter that nobody in the United States is technically uninsured, because everyone has access to hospital emergency rooms.

"So I have a solution [to the health care crisis]. And it will cost not one thin dime," John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published Thursday.

"The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care. So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

Hospital emergency rooms cannot technically turn away anyone for financial reasons.

"So instead of producing worthless statistics that people fling around in vacuous editorials and pointless debates, the Census Bureau should produce meaningful numbers, identifying all of the sources of funds people will draw on if they need medical care," said Goodman, who helped write McCain’s health care plan.

That plan would use a combination of tax incentives and market competition to make health care more affordable. It is not a universal health care plan – it does not guarantee insurance coverage for every American.

Read more: Goodman talks to the Dallas Morning News

Take a look: Candidates' health care plans

UPDATE: McCain's campaign says they do not consider Goodman to be an official campaign adviser.


Filed under: Healthcare • John McCain
soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Kel in Auburn, AL

    I really hope the Dems jump on this. Just another example of how out of touch McCain & his campaign is with the average American.

    August 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Rick FL

    In other words....more of the same.

    No thank you.

    August 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    This is an outrage. But it points out how incredibly out of touch McCain and his advisors are.

    ER care. The most expensive health care in the US. That's your "plan" my friend?

    Pathetic.

    August 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. jim

    Can you say another Obama Commercial

    August 28, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. red, yellow, black and white

    Moronic.
    And this guy is running for the most powerful office in the USA.
    Any respect I had for McCain just left.

    August 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Deanna in Denver

    I am absolutely dumbfounded how anyone could ever vote for this man.

    August 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Jim-Saint Paul Minnesota

    How can the Mc Cain camp state that they have a candidate ready to lead when they have simpletons advising the campaign.

    August 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. mama4obama

    Yet another BRILLIANT move by McCain and his paid staff. NOT!

    August 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Doug R.

    This man is clueless and out of touch with the American people, just like John McKeatingFive is. Our economy is in the dire condition it is in today because of the Republican party and people like John Goodman.

    August 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Mike from CA.

    This must be joke, right? No one is that idiotic, I hope.

    August 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Got Brains ?

    August 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Tony

    What planet does this senile old man live on?

    Everyone has some form of health coverage????

    I'll bet there at least 47 million people who don't know that!

    WHAT A FOOL!

    August 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Tired of W, OH

    How long before McCain says he doesn't agree with this advisor (even if he really does) and fires him? I'm guessing about a day. Anyone else have a bet?

    August 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Vince

    Wow.

    And he said this to a news reporter? Is he trying to get fired? Does he secretly work for the Democrats? There must be some explanation for saying something so ignorant and uninformed. Oh yeah, he's Republican. That explains it!

    I hope the Obama camp jumps on this one. Nah. Nevermind. It's too easy.

    August 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Robert in Seattle

    I'm stunned speechless.

    Shame on you McCain!

    No More, Never Again!

    Obama – Biden 08!

    August 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    Are you kidding me!? I hope Obama makes an ad out of this.

    Out of touch McCain-McSame!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

    Yes, we will!

    August 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. David Broadbent

    So much of medical care is continuing care. Just because someone has a situation and goes to an ER does not mean they can get the continuing care, therapy, or medication they might need. Come on.

    August 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Seven-House McSame DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE!!!

    America, do you want to trade one Bubble Boy for his older, angrier twin?

    August 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. sabrina01

    NO not denied just abuse by they system what type of person even would think that its ok .......A RICH ONe

    August 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. D&D

    Why did he think that he had to come up with some ideas about health care anyway...all he has done is to sink McCain deeper with his so-called plan...GOD, may he thinks everybody has the same health care coverage than he does!

    All in all, he obsviously doesn't know what he's talking about...

    August 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. vic nashville,Tn

    Mc Cain campaign so far doing a good job
    This news try to distract Americans from democratic party convention

    August 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Tony

    John Goodman is the Director of a think tank?????

    Give me a break! Definitely not much thinking goes on there.

    Director positions must be a dime a dozen. Wish I could find one.

    August 28, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. vb

    Does this commen, form the elitist republicans surprise anybody? You know what his response will be to this comment? " Well , when I was a POW for 5 years in Vietnam, I wish I could have gone to a ER"

    August 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Biffington, Biff

    How many examples do you require, people???

    when someone shows you WHO they are... BELIEVE THEM.

    August 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Central Scruitinizer

    Please Please Please Obama Jump on this like a pitbull on a raw steak. I havent read anything so stupid in my life. This is a major blunder and the Dems HAVE to capitalize on it. Hey Maybe we should all pee in our gas tanks to help stretch that gas milage... We could use pennies to pay for stuff because they weigh more and should be able to stretch that food bill becuase they weigh more than a dollar this Mcain guy is a genius!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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