August 2nd, 2009
09:57 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain: I'm not in favor of a public health insurance option

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As negotiations over a health care reform bill drag on in the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. John McCain says he is not in favor of the approach most likely to be put forward by a bipartisan group of six senators negotiating on the committee.

“I have not seen one,” McCain says in an interview airing on Sunday’s CNN State of the Union, when asked whether there is a viable public insurance option that could garner his vote.

McCain does not favor a pure public option run by the federal government and the Arizona Republican says he also does not favor insurance co-operatives – an alternative to government-run, single-payer insurance that has been proposed by North Dakota Democrat Sen. Kent Conrad who sits on the Senate Finance Committee.

“The co-ops remind us all of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” McCain says. “And so I have not seen a public option that, in my view, meets the test of what would really not eventually lead to a government takeover.”


Filed under: Health care • John McCain • State of the Union
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. M Anderson

    We know you aren't for a public option, that is why I didn't vote for you.

    August 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Common Sense

    I've been self employed for 30 years, and have always purchased insurance. It is affordable if reasonable deductable limits are utilized.

    I worry about those wanting "reform". Do you have a clue as to what that means. I do not. A "bad change" is much worse than "no change" at all.

    August 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Palin drifts out of coverage, McCain drifts in

    definite replacement, though better versed on the issues, still dumb as a rock

    August 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. sandy

    Yet again, criticism but no offers of any alternatives. They all just sit back and criticize Obama for everything,but not one Republlican has come up with a workable alternative. Their main objective is to bring him down no matter if the American people suffer for it. I say get to work down there. Earn your wages and your health insurance like the rest of us do.

    August 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Diogenes

    I am not an economist but economists have a chance to be relevant and they shut up!
    Loss minimization as oppossed to profit maximization should be the goal of Health care providers.

    August 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. ge

    who pays for macains health care ?

    August 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. dreamer

    Mccain has Been in office of congress and senate for two banking feascos the mans a bush cronee left over and should be viewed as such.Feed rich at the price of everything else.

    August 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Scott

    McSame? Really? Heck, I thought he was DEAD!! CNN, why are you wasting our time digging up this fossil?

    Couldn't get anyone else to come on your show?

    August 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. SPOTUS

    The Republican senators and congressmen should always be asked to explain how their own personal healthcare coverage works before they are allowed to slam President Obama's proposals. I don't see them complaining about the free coverage they get. The Republicans are not part of the solution...they are the problem! I'm just wondering, how much did McCain have to pay out of pocket for his cancer surgery?

    August 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. w.l. jones

    Give up public heath care for all elector officer. We taxpayer tied of paying for there healfhcare and perch. Enoch said.

    August 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. mark

    i'm tired of people who have health insurance paid for by the govt and in the pocket of the ama and insurance companies making decisions for me when they have no clue how hard it is with no insurance. I recently have had asthma and it is keeping me from getin insurance, i have 4 inhalers, 1 costs $225, 1 costs $175, 1 costs $130, and the other is $125, and i had to buy a nebulizer, so do the math, and one other med for $165, rent $850 (which is cheap trust me), car payment, phone, electric, water, food, gas..... i don't have much left over... i don't have people handing me money to use so i vote their way or a wife who i left my wife for because she is super rich.... i'd like to see him get insurance with his pre exsisting conditions! that my friends is the reality we face with no health care reform, my uncle lives in europe, he says the republicans are lying about what will happen to choices, he knows and has nothing to gain by lying.... maybe people who live in the real world should be deciding our health care future

    August 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Sick -n- Tired

    Of course McCain is against a public option! Because he KNOWS that he along with his wife's "very wealthy" family as well as other "very wealthy" families ( the Walton's of Wal-Mart and Sams Club)and such would have to pay a little more in taxes to help pay for it! And that just wouldn't be right in his view! He'd rather keep his vast wealth and let us out of work struggling "little people" pick up the tab!

    August 2, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. danel

    Of course he is not in favor of public option. After all his health care is being paid for by the very public that he trying to deny healthcare. These GOP's are very selfish. They couldn't care less about the 47million people who does not have health care insurance. They haqve money to fund the war though. Not fair.

    August 2, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Jacqueline

    Who cares what McCain says, he is married to a millionaire, he does not care about the American people.

    August 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Jacqueline

    This is why I stopped watching CNN, why are they asking McCain anything. The American people rejected him, we do not want to hear anything he has to say!

    August 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Theresa

    1st it is not 47 million uninsured americans, 10-15 million are illegal immagrants. The democrats are just trying to buy hispanic votes, they bribe, lie and steal our money. 2nd another 10 million could choose to get health care and decide not to. If they use services, they are sent the bills and must pay or they will pay the consequences.
    That leaves around 20 million people. WE should just help them instead of creating another of Obama's socialist programs like Obama Motors and taking over banks; all of which will cost us taxpayers, dearly!

    August 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Larry

    Of course your not in favor of helping the American people

    The American people don't put as much money in your pockets as do the INSURANCE Companies

    You and all your Republican buddies are all the same

    You all eat from the same money trough

    The Party Of NO ... good

    August 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Wow

    For everyone saying that the Republicans don't have a plan, they did announce a plan just recently for health care reform. The plan includes TAX CUTS and TAX CREDITS. Oh wait, never mind.

    August 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. vegage

    I he does not support public option of health care, he should proposed the privatization of medicare and veterans services. Those are two public options of public health care that are run and administered by the federal government and are very successful. Of course, republicans only defend the health insurance companies. Have you noticed that all TV commercials against health care reform that you see on TV are paid by the health insurance companies?

    August 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. kaz

    John McCains idea during the election for Healthcare if anyone bothers to listen to anyone elses ideas except Obama. Give everyone a Helathcare tax credit to purchase their own healthcare. To show your ignorance the great majority of Americans want Healthcare reform including John MccCain. they just don't want higher taxes and no choice. Your ingonrance is what is bringing this country down. Obama has you by the ring in your nose and you will give your first born if he asked you to.

    August 2, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. OBSERVER

    The economy is just now showing some signs of improvment. The fact that it is has the GOP running scared. So thye are foced to TELL LIES to try to scare their base into actions that are counter to their own best interests. Health Care is for EVERYONE and the lies told by the GOP are a new LOW for even them. But the GOP had over 8 years to do something for heaqlth care and did nothing so now they must prevent a BLACK MAN from shoing them up

    If the health care reform is not passed then everyone will end up suffering. Suffering higher costs, suffereing from refused coverage, and suffering from the same old syhstem that the REPUBLICANS like so well they want to get rich and let the poor die.

    August 2, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. kaz

    Talking point Talking Points Pelosi had to give the dems a talking points card before they left for vacation. hah she even has them not thinking for themselves. I would ldove to know what she has hanging over their heads. The republicans are not the party of NO. The dems are the party of NO bi-partisanship

    August 2, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. OBSERVER

    McCains idea of a TAX CREDIT is soo stupid I can not tell you how wrong it is POOR PEOPLE do not do well with tax credits. They need to buy food,l they need to buy a car, they need to pay their rent. The tax credit would only help the people that have money. the pooor would still suffer and not have insuraqnce converage and haved to go to the ER and then you would end up paying for them anyway.

    August 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. ?????

    Has McCain proposed any solutions? The only people I know who are happy with their health care are either on Medicare and/or work for the federal govt....not surprising the House & Senate don't see any need for change! Time to let our representatives know they need to find a way to give us the same health care benefits we're giving them...or we'll vote them all out!

    August 2, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Luke

    It should be evident to all that the Republicans are in the pig trough of the insurance companies and big pharma. McCain has had the "public option" health care paid by the tax payers his entire life. For us others, it is obviously too expensive and won't work. It worked for him and his family- why not for us?

    August 2, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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