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

McCain calls Obama health care plan 'HillaryCare'

McCain said Obama's health care plan amounts to a government takeover.

McCain said Obama's health care plan amounts to a government takeover.

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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  1. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    McCain's health care "plan" ought to be called "Who Cares?"

    July 17, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Proud American

    There you go PUMA and Hillary supporters for McCain... he's mocking Obamas plan by comparing it to Hillary. There is your great candidate of choice. Only a misguided idiot would vote for McCain.

    July 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Tommy

    At least Obama has a plan! McCain't just criticizes Obama on everything. Bush administration then implements Obama's plan and McNoplan ends up looking like McClueless!

    July 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. South Park Conservative

    We already HAVE universal healthcare. To say we don't is like saying we don't have universal Diet Coke, universal Cheetos, universal cable TV, universal Hondas or universal Gap t-shirts. It's all there, it's all available, it's all "universal" for you to purchase.

    What we DON'T have is a sugar daddy to buy it all for us, or rather, a nanny state to wipe our noses and butts for us.

    Simple, if you want something... buy it. If you can't afford it, well, you need to determine how important it is to you and decide HOW you're going to buy it. (Here's a hint... it's called "sacrifice"... I know it's not a word many of us are familiar with, but it's one we need to learn... "let's see, go to my doctor for a checkup, or put some spinning rims on my hoopty?" Also known as "priorities.")

    July 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Please think

    "Hillarycare" is that supposed to be humorous?
    My father retired at 60. Cobra and other private insurance plans were unaffordable. So he has to roll the dice until he is eligible for medicare at age 65 and utilize savings for minor medical issues should they arise. Unfortunately, he has recently been diagnosed with an obstruciton of the pancreas and needs surgery.
    Blood panels, he had 5 at $800/per test
    2 inconclusive ultrasounds- $2000
    1 MRI $5000
    The surgery itself, well we been quoted the bargain price of at least $100,000. 401K, Reverse mortgage, credit cards will all be used. I never saw him miss a day of work in his life.
    Please think. These issues affect real people in ways we can only imagine.

    July 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Say What?!

    If this nation had "HillaryCare, we would be much better off. McDrain is receiving the equivalent of the top-of-the-line HillaryCare; however, he is unaware of this fact or he is too selfish to admit it.. Since he is so wealthly, he can afford to pay for his insurance coverage out of his pocket. McDrain has insulted Hillary's supporters and all Americans who do not have health insurance or are on the brink of losing the
    coverage that they have. Just say "NO" to Senator John McDrain. He is not the answer for America. Hillary supporters! Today McCain revealed his true feelings. He wants your votes, but does not respect one of Senator Clinton's most important policies. Same on McDrain!

    July 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Mary

    McCain said “the most extreme record of any member …..”

    McCain, what happened to your straight talk? You are sounding more and more like Fix News.

    July 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. griffton08

    Abortion is such a non-issue. The republicans had the entire White House, Senate, and House of Reps - literally, control of Washington - for the most of 8 years.

    That's the situation they would need to do anything about abortion - and they did absolutely nothing. They had their window, and blew it. What makes any Republican think that abortion is an issue in this election? As if McCain can magically do something that an entire Capital Hill of Republicans and a Republican President working together couldn't do?!

    Wake up. It's time to realize the issue is about getting health care to those without - and the way the economy is going, that could be YOU any day now.

    July 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. joe

    mccains healt care plan is called MCBUSH HEALTH CARE!!!!! HAHAHAHAHHA MCCAIN YOUARE A CLOWN BRO

    July 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Follow your leader Hillary Supporters.
    McCain is throwing Hillary under the bus.
    Barack didn't throw her under the bus,
    he is lifting her up.

    July 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Abdi, Minnesota

    Why Sen. McCain loves talking to small group of senior citizens instead of large audience with mixed age? Come on senator! You are running the president of the USA. If you are elected, which seems almost impossible, do you want to give your State of the Union Speech in a town hall meeting?

    July 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Mike,CT

    READ VOTERS

    If you all like the way things going high gas,high food,loss job,loss homes….

    You should vote John McCain

    When Bill Clinton was president you had more money,food price low, house was cheap……..

    You should vote OBAMA

    OBAMA policies the same as Bill Clinton 250,000 or less that is 95% of you usa people will not get tax and will get a tax break.

    McCain policies the same as BUSH im not sure what you will save.

    Don't let Talk radio fool you read there policies on there web site.

    Also even if you don't like OBAMA vote for his policies.

    And if your a woman you in truble with McCain policies, good luck ladies.

    VOTE SMART PEOPLE

    July 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. THE O

    This 72 year old fool, is acting like a 5 year old he has nothing to run on but name calling, and some people want this man to be president. I would rather have Hillarycare then another bush type goverment, and thats all that mccain offers...

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    BARACK / SEBELIUS 08

    July 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. griffton08

    Abortion is such a non-issue. The republicans had the entire White House, Senate, and House of Reps — literally, control of Washington — for almost 8 years.

    That's the situation they would need to do anything about abortion — and they did absolutely nothing. They had their window, and blew it. What makes any Republican think that abortion is an issue in this election? As if McCain can magically do something alone, that an entire Capital Hill of Republicans and a Republican President working together couldn't do?!

    Wake up. It's time to realize the issue is about getting health care to those without — and the way the economy is going, that could be YOU any day now.

    It's time to realize we need a candidate that doesn't accept money from big oil and drug companies. Face it, it's time to vote Democrat this year.

    Obama '08

    July 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. dexx

    hey does guys does Mccain get a senior citizen discount for advertising on T.V ?.if so he could save his campaign a lot of cash...

    July 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Debby, NJ

    PUMAS:
    This is the man you want to run your country !!!
    No Health Care Plan
    Opposes abortion
    No coverage for birthcontrol
    No exit plan for Iraq
    BOMB, BOMB, BOMB, Iran
    Senior Citizen who colletcs from the government
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA !!!
    McShame Is TOAST

    July 17, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Bushcare

    I'd rather have Hillary Care than Bushcare, which is nothing.

    July 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Let Them Eat Cake

    What does he care, he's got Cindy's millions.

    July 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Veteran's Care

    What about the care for the veterans that he voted against? This man is a joke.

    July 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Jann, Denver CO

    Thanks McCain for letting all those Hillary supporters know how you really feel about her!

    July 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Can we just be American?

    McCain is the great uniter (smile) well every time he speaks we Democrats unite... even the Pumas can not stand for this..... And folks vote for the future Roe vs. Wade will be over turned if McBush get into the office and that is simply wrong...

    July 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Wayne

    How frightening, Republicans in charge of healthcare, which amounts to take two aspirin and don't call me in the morning because I'm playing golf with the insurance CEO's.

    July 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Phil-Little Rock

    All you PUMA idiots can go to hell.

    July 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Arkansas Undertaker

    At least Barack has a plan and Hillary Had a plan Elmer Fudd!!!!

    July 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Phil

    It's ok for us to spend billions of tax payers dollars on a war that is not protecting us or helping us in any way. Your talking billions of dollars a month to the war in Iraq. But is it not ok to spend billions of dollars to have health care for children in the united states. He is one heartless man. Even if the plan did not cover all adults, I would sleep better knowing that all children in the US could get medical treatment reguardless of how much money is in their wallet. I live in a state were 48 % of the population lives in poverty but yet in order to go to the local hospitals you need to park in the hospitals garage that requires you to pay a fee of up to 24.00. These helpless people need to decide whether their childs medical need is actually an emergency or should they buy tonights dinner. I am glad MCstupid is not my Friend.

    July 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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