April 28th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain: families need to be in charge of health care


Listen to John McCain's health care plans.

(CNN)—Embarking on a week long health care tour Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday he wants to transform the health care system and lower costs by putting the families back in charge and not the government.

“I’m convinced that the wrong way to go is to turn over your lives to the government and hope it will all be fine,” McCain told a group of supporters at Miami Children’s Hospital. “We must move away from a system that is fragmented and pays for expensive procedures toward one where a family has a medical home...where the focus is on affordable quality outcomes.”

It remains undecided who the presumptive Republican nominee will face in the fall, but both and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have made health care a central theme of their campaigns, arguing for more universal health care coverage.

Clinton’s plan would mandate individual coverage for all, while Obama’s would only require coverage for children.

The Arizona senator is expected to travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and Iowa this week as part of his “Call to Action tour.”

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  1. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    Sounds like political befuddlespeak to me. From someone who has no clue what it means to live from paycheck to paycheck and choose between food and heat. Let families be in charge of their health care? What does that mean? How would that work? How exactly is a family who has both parents working and still can't afford to buy food going to "be in charge" of their health care? Even if they get a $2000 a year tax credit, that still is not enough to pay for even 6 months of health care. It's easy to say, well, get a job that provides health care, but then who do you think is going to sell you all the stuff you buy? Who is going to clean your house or dispose of your trash? A lot of people with those jobs don't get health care with their jobs because it's so expensive to provide health care for your employees. Do you have any idea how many people there are doing that kind of work? Providing services for all of you who make enough money to live on and have $60 health care paid for by your employer? Reading these posts it is very easy to see the economic divide between people who can afford to take health care for granted and those who cannot. It's like you are speaking different languages.

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. sharonl

    To Bob & Marshall: I am a Canadian and am very,very proud of our universal health care. You can call your doctor and usually see him the same day. You will wait longer for a specialist, but the most in need are moved to the front of the line. I had several catscans and four heart procedures. Everything was free including the hospital and all followup work. Our country recently had a contest to see
    was the most popular Canadian ever. Tommy Douglas won hands down. His grandson, Keifer Sutherland from 24, came to the capital and took the award on his grandfather's behalf. Your truly capatilist Government just doesn't want you to know .

    April 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. kim in portland, oregon

    WOW, that's a lot of words for saying NOTHING about your so-called plans for healthcare.

    mccain can TALK all he wants, i look at his career-long history of supporting big business and his decades-long love affair with MANY lobbyists for big business and i can tell EXACTLY whose side he's on--and it AINT ours, americans!!!!!

    how is he gonna pay for this helathcare if he's putting BILLIONS to the MORE WARS he's already promised us. mccain can promise to buy each and every one of us a pony for our birthdays, he can TALK all he wants, but the expensive, money-blowing wars he's promised us numerous times will wipe out all available moneys. haven't we been china's b!tc# for long enough, folks!?!?! being billions of dollars in debt to foreign countries is UN-American, and that will continue with mcsame!

    April 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Dee

    From Prisoner of War to Prisoner of Republicans. It is amazing how quickly the puppeteer got his hand up McCain.


    April 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Roslyn Moore

    I'm one American that can barely afford the increasing prices of healthcare. Hillary says make us buy it , with WHAT MONEY!! I don't have it like you do. Barack says make sure the children have it that's really the most important until I can afford it.

    April 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. El Senor in GA

    ...Why am i going to pay for insurance.......makes no sense to pay $400 a month to cover a family, tuen around and have a 30% Co-Pay and then turn around an still get a $400 bill ......... 30/70 makes no sense if i'm still getting billed the other 40%......

    April 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. stephanie

    If you do your research, the United States is the ONLY wealthy industrialized country in the world that does not have universal healthcare.

    April 28, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    We would be wise to judge a presidential candidate by his actions over the course of a lifetime rather than rhetoric over the course of a campaign.

    Americans for McCain '08

    April 28, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Pat Riot

    Heath care is not a right. Socialized medicine is not going to work. It will lower the quality of care and the incentive for new treatments. We should be promoting self-reliance and charity in our local communities. That is the only way to solve the problem. Giving more power and authority to a central government will only enslave you and your children to it. Have we not learned over the past 100 years that socialism does not work? Do you want to live in Russia or China? Then go and take Hillary and Obama with you. I'm voting for Ron Paul.

    April 28, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. an American that understands the future

    Health care comes at great cost. We owe $35 TRILLION to SS and medicare already, so if we tack on Health care, this country is ruined in 30 years because the idiots in Washington don't know how to run this place.

    Today's government should be run by CEOs and those that understand how to run a business.

    Here is a fact: if we don't double taxes right now and cut spending to zero in our government, then we can pay off the $35 trillion in debt we have to it's own people.

    Adding health care and increasing taxes 50% will just delay the death of this country from within... and this 26 year old is terrified of our future.

    April 28, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. to say i take health care for granted

    Is like saying i refuse to raise my children. Shame on you, and if you were in front of me, I'd put you in a hospital you sack of garbage.

    April 28, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. history repeats

    Alonzo Demetrius

    what are you talking about!?!? yea lets not get insurance and not pay our medical bills because without ins. they are 10-20k then our credit is in the trash and we cant get a home or any loan for anything because everything is so overpriced. the system is made to force us to get insurance because if we cant pay our medical bills we die. we cant go on strike. but if we protested at all hospitals and insurance companies a change might happen but we are a complete consumer society. we dont care unless it directly affects us. we will fall it is only a matter of time it is a cycle

    April 28, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Pat Riot

    ...Dr. Ron Paul

    April 28, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. EM- TN

    Thankfully one of these candidates doesn't support socialism!

    April 28, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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