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. Andrea in Fl

    C;mon, Sen. McCain. You don't expect him to come up with something all by himself, do you? Have you noticed, with all his donations, he still BARELY comes out ahead of you? He was losing to Hillary, which is why the DNC had to fix it for him. Why do you think he hides whenever it's time for a town hall? NOO ONE in his camp wants him to talk without a teleprompter! The man is a PUPPET!

    July 17, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. whiner

    no comment,texas trail dog?

    July 17, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Dave, Illinois

    Obamites: "Mcsame", "Puma", "Change",

    Obamites, your simple little minds need some new material. Better have MoveOn implant some more into the empty suit Obama's head. Then he can use some pretty words to implant them into your sheep brains.

    July 17, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Ronfrom FL

    My friends: I'm losing it. Good night.

    July 17, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Three words: McCain voodoo economics

    July 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Sylvia Johnsen

    Obama health-care plan does what McCain health-care plan does: Leave people without coverage. In case of Obama approximately 15 million people. Hillary Clinton has a plan for all Americans. All as in 100%.

    This is why Obama would love to have her as Secretary of Health, and why she should decline. She won the popular vote, 18 million people bet on Clinton. Obama's offer for health was an insult. He represents the industry who invested millions and millions to stop Hillary in 1993, and who did it again 2008. Using the Clinton name to wash a bad plan and try to capitalize on political trust that come from a lifetime of commitment on this issue. Clinton saw throught the Trojan horse for what it was, Obama has to come true and offer VP or nothing. McCain is just stupid to remind us.

    Clinton will beat McCain senseless.

    July 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Cracka lova

    Hillarycare....and he is what you Obama haters are choosing in default.......this guy doesn't deserve that default vote......he is mocking ths goddess HRC........SHAME ON YOU JOHN MC PLANECRASH

    July 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Lifelong Democrat

    Barack Hussein Obama is a left wing nut job.

    July 17, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Ross

    As a former staunch Hillary supporter who has supported Obama feverishly since she dropped out, I hope this makes my fellow Hillary supporter friends who want to vote for McCain realize how crazy that is!

    Oh Sen. McCain, if you want to win Hillary voters, this is NOT the way to do it. I hope he keeps making more of these mistakes and being rude to Hillary, it will help us Dems even more!

    July 17, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Ken Pittsburgh

    So let get this clear You Hillary supporters you say you vote for McCain and not Obama were just been given a back handed slap in the face.Obama and Hillary are closer to each other than is John McCain . The light blub was invented so thatwe can see out of the darkest John McCain comment should be a light blub over the head of her supporters

    July 17, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Ronfrom FL


    You fall in that 28% of haters. Sad.

    July 17, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Chuck

    That is the stupidist comment that has come from McCains mouth. Obama's health care plan and Hillary's plan although simular are different how sturctured. Atleast Obama has a plan for America, where as McCain wants to leave it alone for the market to handle. Also he failed to vote on the latest Medicare Bill that effected 40 million plus seniors and countless active duty, reserve and retired Military personnel as well as millions of children. That is an example of how much he cares about our well being and health.

    July 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Nobama money

    Obama has money, and is spending to woo voters at places where he has nevr been before.

    Umm does it mean, more the money, more votes you get ?

    July 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. The Real Issue

    I am so glad to hear that Senator McCain has said the health plan is Hillary-care......So maybe you Hillary Clinton followers can finally see that this man is not for you. The Real Issue is Senator McCain is for the Republican way that has brought us: reduced or zero medical coverage/Corporate Bankruptcies-Bears Stearns/ Corporate deficicits-Merrill-Lynch/ Bank Failures-IndyMac/Katrina in New Orleans (5 days to respond)/No Child Left Behind (some city school districts with 50% or more drop-outs.....guess who has to pay for them to live (welfare) or they commit crimes or they are not trained properly (illiterate)..../more foreclosures/higher and higher gasoline prices/ predatory lending due to little or zero monitoring by this administration/ no end in sight for the Wars (Afghanistan-Iraq)/ infrastructure problems (Minnesota-Iowa-Illinois-Missouri)/ etc. etc.

    My fellow Americans, let us not forget that due to the gasoline prices, food prices and inflation has increased.......

    And some of you want to vote for Senator McCain!!!!! Be real and stick note the issue, Senator McCain does not support health care for the average American and now says he will not support HILLARYCARE!!!!

    July 17, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Nando, Florida

    OLD FOOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and anyone that votes for this LANDMARK is a FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Cracka lova

    Great post BULLDOG

    July 17, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. jimmy velman


    July 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Hillary's plan actually WAS universal- and made sense.

    Obama's plan is NOT universal and is no better than what we NOW have- pay for it, or opt out and let others pay for your care.

    July 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    And what is wrong with that McInsane?

    July 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Hans-Erik Iken

    In the Neherlands we have univesal healthcare and its working like a charm. We all get good basic healthare for 130 euro a month per person (including gp and specialist/hospitalcare, dentist etc.) AND we can buy additional healthcare from the insurance companies if we choose to do so. This way we can even afford private clinics, even if you only make the average income.

    If a person cannot afford the basic package based on their income the taxoffice subsidises them. And we are in no way heading for bankruptcy as a nation. The cost of healthcare is high, but at least our government thinks its people are worth every cent.

    People matter more then money or dogma, it is time the US government realises that and truly acts on it instead of bashing people over the head with their own ideology....

    July 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Universal Health or nothing

    I'm for UNIVERSAL health care- as per HRC.

    But I am not for Obama's brand of socialized medicine that is NOT universal.

    Everyone should be covered or noone- no more of the chaos we now have where a few are paying the health care burden for the many.

    July 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Republican for Obama

    To all of you commenting about waiting lists. I would like you to do some research.

    In the UK the life expectancy is longer than in the America. It is also longer in Canada, France, Austria, as well as, most of Western Europe. So I guess something must be working right? It is really easy to say everything is great when you have health insurance, but I'm sure the tens of millions of Americans who don't have covererage beg to differ.

    July 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Animal Farm

    McCain would be bush's follower if he became president, and I don't like a lot of obama's ideas but he's better than McCain.

    write in "RON PAUL" 2008, the only hope for america.

    July 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Hill's plan was BEST

    Hill was devoted to providing affordable health care to EVERY American.

    Obama isn't. His plan just gives it away to a few and lets those who can afford coverage continue to opt out.

    No improvement.

    July 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Rick FL

    That's your candidate, right "PUMA?" (pun intended) Many of us had already figured out your operation whatever it is Limbaugh tells his minions to do.

    McCain represents the status quo on many failing issues, including healthcare. We need a new direction this time with mutual policies important to both Clinton & Obama supporters.

    July 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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