September 17th, 2007
03:07 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain vows to fight 'government takeover' of health care

McCain is finishing up the South Carolina leg of his "No Surrender Tour"

LEXINGTON, South Carolina (CNN)Sen. John McCain, campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination here Monday, invoked the high-pitched battle over Hillary Clinton's 1993 health care plan when asked to comment on Sen. Clinton's new proposal.

"I haven't seen it, but if it's anything like the last time around where they wanted to have a complete government takeover of the health care system in America with a huge number of new bureaucracies being invented for government, I will oppose it vigorously," McCain told reporters.

Sen. Clinton unveiled her health care plan in Des Moines Monday. It would require all Americans to have health insurance, and she estimated it would cost $110 billion a year in government funds.

— CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Healthcare • Hillary Clinton • John McCain • South Carolina
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  1. David, Gilbert Arizona

    M Berger, Minneapolis, MN,

    I wasn't saying the economics of healthcare is not a problem. A catastrophic illness can send even the most stable of family incomes into spiraling debt. What I was addressing was Midland Kim's post regarding letting people die and somehow tying that to Christian values. Her post borders on the insane.

    Yes, the current system can cause huge personal debt but the individual is still assured of healthcare.

    From my understanding of Hillary's mandatory healthcare coverage the individual will still have an out of pocket cost. People do not have insurance because they can't afford it. What makes Hillary think suddenly people will be able to afford her plan and how is she going to get private insurance carriers to keep their rates low? If the carriers aren't going to make a profit they won't provide the service, regardless of what Hillary thinks.

    September 18, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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