July 17th, 2008
02:50 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain calls Obama health care plan 'HillaryCare'

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) - John McCain devoted a substantial chunk of his town hall meeting Thursday to drawing contrasts with Barack Obama on health care policy, stressing his opposition to the presumptive Democratic nominee's health care plan and noting the "great difference" between them on abortion.

McCain's strongest denunciation of Obama came when discussing the Democrat's health care plan, which would cost $50-65 billion per year but would not mandate insurance coverage for all adults, only children.

"My friends, we've seen this movie before," McCain said. "It was called 'HillaryCare' back in 1993, and we're not going to do it again. We're not going to have the government take over the health care system in America."

At a later moment in the town hall, when stressing his own bipartisan record, McCain accused Obama of generally having "the most extreme record of any member of the United States Senate."

McCain also went out of his way early in the event to trumpet his opposition to abortion rights and a called partial-birth abortion a "hideous procedure that should never be allowed anywhere on earth." He promised "active advocacy for the rights of the unborn."

McCain struck a more moderate tone when taking a question about federal funding for stem cell research, which he supports. The Arizona senator argued the government should fund research on stem cells - especially skin cells - because of their "incredible potential" to combat diseases. However, the presumptive Republican nominee avoided using the term "embryonic" when discussing the matter Thursday.

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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Nicole in NE

    Everyone should read Andrew's post – he LAID IT OUT THERE for you all!

    July 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. m.

    "July 17th, 2008 3:48 pm ET

    For those who know P.U.M.A, we will stay home and not vote!!! We rather see Obama losing, than see him without Hillary on the ticket. Less people will vote to Obama, more chances, he will go back to the Senate with his head down!!!


    July 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Puzzled

    And with Obama and his ilk, another brick in the nanny state will be laid. And then we'll be Sweden. Whoppeee! We're all going to die–of boredom.

    July 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    mccain, is really scared Obama has doubled mccain's fundraising for the month of June. yea!

    All of you hillary and mccain supporters, eat your heart out.

    mccain is mcsame =mcshame

    July 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. What if?

    OK, McSame your point? What is yours called...RICH and DA health policy

    Thank you Clinton and Obama for sharing a health plan for us the 98% of us that's not rich or married to someone with LOT'S of money.

    Obama 08

    July 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Sean John

    This from the man who has recieved quality free government health care all his life!!!?????

    July 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. David

    --"My friends, we've seen this movie before," McCain said. "It was called 'HillaryCare' back in 1993, and we're not going to do it again. We're not going to have the government take over the health care system in America."---

    Can a true democrat vote for this guy ? really ?
    McCain't doesn't have any solution for health Care, no solution for the war in Iraq, no solution for economy, how can we vote for a guy with not a single solution to solve our crisis ?

    I suggest everyone thinks 2 times, before voting this Nov.
    This is not an election about a candidate,, this the election about solving our problems, whether we're democrats or republicans, we're all suffering the same crisis (of course except for the wealthiest among, and McCain't wants to give them more with his tax cut policies...)

    People, think before you vote, that's all I ask you...

    July 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Former g.o.p.

    Be STILL (FOR HILL): If you want affordable healthcare for your kids and not 4 more years of bush/mcCain policies, vote Obama.

    McCain is a tried and true supporter of unregulated corporate health insurance, where the c.e.o.s reap hugh bonuses, rates go up faster than inflation and people are cut, denied and tormented by the insurance industry.

    If you agree with Hillary, you agree with Obama, since their views are 90 per cent the same.

    July 17, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. GSOres

    Is this supposed to be an insult? I mean this is coming from a guy who's health care has been supported by our taxpayer dollars his ENTIRE life (and that's a long time).

    July 17, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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