September 26th, 2008
09:39 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain accuses Obama of handing health care over to government

OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Barack Obama, his rival for the White House, of planning to hand the nation's health care system over to the federal government

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    Well, let's summarize. The army is going to be handed over to the government? A physician who either cannot spell or is unable to differentiate between verb tenses. Law suites are responsible for escalating health care costs? Hillary supporters for McCain? Ethics + family values + country first= X+y/2-3ab+1. Our mothers must be so proud!

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. cheryll-disabled

    I hit catastrophic OUT OF POCKET costs at the end of August. There has to be a better way. I want the same coverage as my senator has. What is wrong with that? I was attacked in my own home by an earlt release prisoner who threatened to kill me, and now I am permanently disabled. The job I worked at now pays $30.00/hr. I only receive $1121.00 A MONTH. Could either of them live on that amount? Let the government take over my co payments, please.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. Jeffrey

    I'd far rather have government controlled health care than one run by for profit companies as McCain would have it.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Patrick, CO

    Australia and many European countries have health care that is in part regulated by the government and their economies are booming. It's hard to wrap one's head around the point Senator McCain is trying to make. Moreover, McCain, and the GOP, have failed to identify why government support and partial regulation would negatively effect the average American and their health care benefits. All we here from the GOP is that government is bad, and more of it is worse. I bet the millions of families and individuals who don't have health care benefits right now are exuberant about privatized health care and the high costs and lack of coverage that come with. Beggars can't be choosers. Most people start from the bottom, with rudimentary opportunities, and work their way up. It would be nice to customize each persons health care plan, but at what cost? Who can afford these ideas? One thing is certain, not the average American.

    September 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. rich and willing to share

    It is nice to keep gov out of health care, if you have health care. If you are layed off and get sick say with cancer, trust me you want good health care. Or do you want to keep gov out and just let you die?

    September 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Mccain is foolish and out of touch!!

    September 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Chris Martin

    Umm...shouldnt someone point out that 50 cents on every health care dollar that is spent in this country is thru a publicly funded program? Health care is already turned over to the government and its actually run quite well and pretty efficient.

    September 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. dina T

    Mccain is foolish and out of touch

    September 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. patsy ziegler

    OK. We know that McCain is a good soldier. But where is the strategy? We are going into the 21st century. We need vision and strategy not tactics.

    September 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |

    Something worth noting is the frequency with which John McCain interrupts Barack Obama... He is also constantly gnashing his teeth and clenching his jaw. He is not comfortable answering important questions. He is uncomfortable with serious issues. Obama is staying far more balanced and thoughtful in his responses, while delivering much more content towards Jim's questions.

    September 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. Bob

    McCain has much more background and is showing his strength.
    He knows people and places.
    Obama doesnt know what to say.

    September 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Elsbeth Ashley

    McCain appears not to want us to have the same national health like England! My arm was broken there and I saw first handed how poor it is for the people! They are now allowing citizens to buy insurance as not every hospital will treat the sick and dieing! Check it out from an English citizen!

    September 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. patsy ziegler

    Obama should make McCain his Secretary of Defense.

    September 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. KIM

    McCain talks in circles and never gives a straight answer.
    Even though he refers to himself as a maverick his ideas are
    old fashion and he is out of touch with middle America

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Bob

    The current problem with we the government is its corupt.
    Its too large to control and are you happy with the government programs now?

    All Obama does is try to twist and correct things I have heard him say.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Judy

    McCain's healthcare retoric is rediculous. McCain wants to deregulate healthcare. Gee.....look how well that has worked for our economy....which is now in a recission/depression! The insurance companies will be able to pick and choose who they want to insure and continue to make record profits. Obama is the only candidate looking out for the American people!

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. TBC

    It appears that every answer McCain gives comes back to the military/ veterans. Our military is one of the important issues in this election but not the only one. If we don't have food, a place to stay and a jobs, how can Americans help grow the economy. McCain, if you have a life threatening disease, you have enough money to pay your medical bills, be moved to the top of a donor list if necessary. The average American must wait at least 2 -5 years or longer ( if they survive) on a list. It's funny, money talks and your Bull crap walks. People work everyday in this country and should be treated equally. This means we should have the same coverage that you have in Washington. Mccain, you are out of touch with the day to day needs of the American people. Let's see you make choices regarding buying medication this winter or paying your heating bill. Let's see you make a choice to buy gas for your car or put food on the table. Oops, I forgot, you have 7 houses so I'm sure you are not faced with those choices............McCain, step into the real world of living with the "American People".

    September 26, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. David Stein

    As a Canadian let me say, it is shameful that Americans don't have health care for their most vulnerable citizens.

    September 26, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. Bob

    McCain doesnt declare when he is President. Isnt that just being presumptuous?

    I like Obamas answer to threats.

    September 26, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. femi

    Health care has become a priviledge in the US and those who are insured say "at least we have insurance, what will we do without?"
    It is that mind set that keeps us stuck in on a dead end job cos we do not want to loose our health care benefit!
    This is ridiculous!
    OBAMA 08

    September 26, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Bob

    Obama keeps getting caught in his circular talk. What Joke.
    I am for this but I am not for this.
    Its a complete circle. Doesnt anyone see this?

    September 26, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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