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. RB

    Truth be told HillaryCare is a hell of a lot better than McBush Care!

    July 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Texas Liberal

    I do not care how people get good medical care. I don't care if it is through physicians in private practice, government clinics, employer clinics, corporations on a fixed fee contract, or if we hire the Canadians to run our health system (Canadians love their system by the way).

    The goal is for Americans to get preventative care and medical treatment for any health problem. People in this country are dying from lack of medical care. More and more of us will find ourselves in the situation of being unable to afford care for members of our families. More and more families will be choosing whether to treat the wage earner or the children because they can't afford both.

    All of you less gifted individuals who talk about "socialized medicine" but have never read a book on socialism and cannot define it need to close your mouth and listen for a while.

    McCain, by the way, has a terrific government sponsored health plan. That guy hasn't paid a penny for medical care or prescription medicine since before he went to Viet Nam. He deserves it, but so do you and I.

    July 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Former Hillary Supporter

    This is why I will never vote for Mccain. Will talk a good game but turn on hill supporters in a minute. No way Mccain.

    July 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Truth Be Told

    There really is a meaningful difference this year between the two men vying to be president.

    One wants it so badly that he lied about his intention to run.
    The other was willing to sacrifice it out of love for his country.

    And, in the final analysis, it is that difference that makes all the difference. All the difference in the world.

    July 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Dan

    To Obama supporters who are still using vile, venemous, taunting language towards those that support Hilary – remember, he too will suffer if 50% of Hilary supporters vote the other way – and it is not just John McCain who is in the ballot.
    So stop being so cocky for you guys might be the laughing stock come November.

    Hilary had the best healthcare plan along with John Edwards. Too bad these two are out of it.

    July 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. To John for Houston


    July 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Loretta from California

    People, Please stop insulting Hillary Clinton supporters


    July 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Dan

    i really don't understand where people who claim that europeans and canadian come to us for better health care got their facts. that cannot be farther from the truth.
    people in those countries have good quality health care. they also do not worry when they get sick because the government made sure they will be taken cared off withouth even thinking about it. it doesn't cost them an arm and a leg.

    July 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Clinton Supporters for McCain-Ohio July 17th, 2008 4:17 pm ET

    We, former clinton supporters, are supporting John McCain because he is devoted to protecting america! His healthcare plan is better than Obama's! I promise you, come November 4th people will be so amazed on how Clinton Supporters won McCain Ohio and Pennsylvania. People do not see it now but they will and I cannot wait to vote for John McCain!

    You truly are a clueless retard. Obama and Hillary's healthcare plans are almost identical with the exception that Obama's plan does not make coverage mandatory and Hillary's does, whether you can afford it or not. You REALLY don't have a clue as to what the hell you are talking about, just spewing someone else's recycle crap. IDIOT. PLEASE vote for McStain, we don't want your sorry vote in the Obama Express Train.

    July 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Denise Groves

    Elizabeth Edwards is working on this healthcare plan. This is her area of expertise. Get a grip McCain! If Liz is working on it, is is a workable plan

    July 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Travis (in the real world

    Ok PUMA Billary lovers....wut ya sayin now?....:)

    July 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Lisa July 17th, 2008 3:49 pm ET

    This is the #1 reason I voted for Hillary instead of Obama. Obama has absolutely no health care plan what so ever. Everytime ask an Obama supporter what his health care plan is not one person can explain this to me. If there is someone out there that can explain his plan please inform me. The only answer i ever receive is look at his website. Looking at his website does nothing for me, it's all talk and no substance just like the candidate Barack Obama.

    Hillary wants health care coverage for every American Obama does not!

    Hillary 08

    Lisa July 17th, 2008 4:01 pm ET

    For Michelle Obams to be a wife and a mother, she should know that all American need health insurance.

    I'm well aware that her and her rich friends and supporters have excellent benefits but it's not about her and her friends it's about American people.

    So Michelle if you knew how to handle your household you should tell that stuck up Husband of yours everyone needs medical insurance.
    You REALLY need to let it go with Hillary bitter woman. IT IS OVER FOR HER. You can want and want all you can but it will not change and the nomination in August will seal the deal once and for all. You need to telling your Michelle story to Cindy McCain, it fits her better than Michelle. Michelle is handling her business like a real woman and mother, YOU should do the same instead of constantly spewing this crap and pay off your queen's debt. We got into this healthcare mess because of Repugnicans going hand in hand with Big Business, NOT because of Democrats.

    On another note, How are you attacking Obama in this blog when the person this blog is about is McCain and the fact that he is indirectly attacking Hillary through Obama!! Boy, you've got bitter on the brain lady.

    July 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. nina

    it is known – her plan was /is better.

    July 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Rick July 17th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

    Hey Obama, keep your grubby mitts off of my healthcare. You already want every nickel that I make. Now you want to tell me who and where I can go for my health care? Why don't you go back to organizing kickball games on the playground instead of trying to play with the big boys.

    Hey retard, you need to change Obama to McStain, I think you're attacking the wrong person in this blog. Obama would help you ya idiot, McCain will ruin your healthcare. If you value what little you have left, stop the hate and think with your brain and not your emotions otherwise you have only yourself and those "PUMA" idiots to blame.

    July 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    Better than You're-On-Your-Own-Care. Does McCain even HAVE a health care plan?

    July 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. who told you that?

    why these posts only confirm how misinformed the american public really is. our healthcare is pathetic compared to other socialized developed nations. true we lead the world in medical innovation, too bad nobody can afford it. why is anybody making a profit off of healthcare, its dispicable. just think of this, everytime an HMO pays out they consider it a "medical loss" and actively pursue to minimize "medical losses." providing healthcare isn't a loss, unless your filling your pockets with the difference. we need to cut out the middle men, mainly hmo's

    July 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |

    McCain... I like you enough to vote for you, but don't go bashing Hillary's policies. We already had to listen to these Obama supporters bash her for over a year. Keep it up and I will just write Hillary's name on the ballot in Nov.

    Oh, Hillary, where are you? Two losers running for President. I wish all those people who benefited from all the work you did to ensure their kids have healthcare would have voted for you, but they voted for a speech instead of substance.

    July 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Eddie

    SO Whats your Plan then MR. McCain? As if the Healthcare industry was not struggling, now your saying it would be a government takeover!!?! Im sure with your barbie girl wife of yours and her botox treatments, you guys have no problem seeing doctors huh??



    July 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Mcsame, if actually elected by the special interest voting machines and the purging of the democrats from the voting rolls as in the last election. Will still be nothing more than a puppet in the White House for the GOP party just a s Bush is. Any one who votes for 4 more years of the bush legacy deserves what they get. We would prefer another choice, such a s Obama.

    July 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Doris,Memphis,TN

    I don't see all of the Hillary supporters on this site today.
    Freida NYC where are you? Have you heard, McCain
    is bashing Hill. Are you in the meeting with Carly?

    July 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Obama 4 ever

    Actually Hillary herself would have to disagree. Hillary's healthcare plan involved "mandates" unlike Obama's plan which involves healthcare at a cheaper premuim

    July 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Eddie


    July 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. nick

    I love the hillary care comment... Obama won't even have to try to unite the party with comments like that, just let McCain do it for him. Obviously he does not realize that her health care plan was a major reason why many of her supporters happened to have supported her over Obama. Now he is doing the work for Obama and stating the obvious... that Clintons plan and Baracks are pretty much the same. Thanks McCain!!

    July 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Texun

    PUMA is a Karl Rove invention. Nobody who took Senator Clinton seriously could support McCain. She has made that clear and she will continue to do so. I do wish that Turnabout is Fair Play would find another candidate;he's making Obama backers look like intemperate hot heads. Fortunately, he doesn't speak for either Obama or his organization!

    July 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Moe, NY

    Why should McWar care about the 48 million plus and growing Americans without healthcare? He wants all the money he can get to promote wars instead of helping his fellow citizens. I know McWar has a wonderful healthcare plan and it is free, so why should he care if millions of Americans go without medical care? I wish I had the authority to take his healthcare plan away from him...I am sure he would be singing a different tune. As for abortion rights...why is it that these old guard republicans feel the need to interfer in women's rights? McWar will have a fight on his hands with this one, American women will not return to the days of coat hangers, and don't think that concept is far fetched...it isn't. Stay out of women's right to choose you do not belong there nor are you wanted with your caveman mentality.

    July 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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