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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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Hillbots where are you???

    Did you here what he just said?!!

    LOL

    July 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Eric

    And what's your idea McCain give tax credits? yeah, doing that will just make companies up their rates that much more because it's free money to them. At least if there was a universal plan it'd give the insurance companies a run for their money.

    July 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Bulldog

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Next thing you know the sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable.

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants.

    McCain and Bush call Obama an appeaser and irresponsible for saying he wants direct diplomacy with unfriendly countries rather than threats of war. Just yesterday the State Department announces they are sending a top level official to Iran to sit down and have direct talks.

    Who has the judgement?

    July 17, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Rick

    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.

    July 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    This is one of my problems with McCain. We need an upgrade in medical coverage as we all grow older and to be able to raise healthy children that will be taking over running this country. There are to many fingers in the pie that drives up medical costs and it is not research. I am not for Canadian type care but something has to be done and I don't see anything out there I like. Hillery came the closest. Obama leaves out to many people. Every one should have the coverage that Congress and the Senate have. They are no better and some are not as good, than anyone else.

    July 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Listen Up...

    He probably just didn't recall that he was supposed to be trying to winover HRC supporters. Everything else aside, I'm worried that people will ingore what seem to be dwindling capacities and vote him in. We've had all this time to roast the candidates over a spit, but would not have as much time with his VP. A vote for McCain is a vote for his VP to become the next Potus.

    July 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Len in Washington

    Here's a question for McCain.

    Insurance companies won't cover me because of my medical condition, no matter what I might be able to afford. How will your plan help me? I'll tell you....it won't...and I'm not alone out here. You have nothing to offer me and others like me when it comes to this most important issue.

    July 17, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. gerrard

    How is it no response from PUMAs....usually you all would be all over any item with Obama's name like bees to honey. Still trying to figure out how to blame Obama for for this freebie from McCain I bet.

    July 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    This is the HONEST feeling & DISRESPECT McShame has for Hillary!

    To all you Hillary soooooooore losers....here is your man, McSenile!

    July 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. arc, Lugano CH

    Many of Clinton’s supporters and the cougar pumas will still vote for McCain; even after this and whatever other attacks of her policies that he has planned. How else can they justify the gang-rape analogies that they use to attack anyone who opposed their candidate?

    July 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Hans-Erik Iken

    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."

    So now this SOB wants to determine what happens in other countries as well?

    Stay the hell out of my country McCain, we decide for ourselves what is what is not allowed. This arrogant bugger sounds more and more like Bush everyday. Then the republicans wonder why the USA government is hated around the globe. They should use their oney to buy a clue.

    We love the american people but we really hate their current administration. Fortunately our Euro's are buying a lot more oil then the dollar these days thanks to the mismanagement in the White House.....

    July 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Ben

    Universal Health Care would bankrupt this country.

    Go McCain!

    July 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Pat Riot

    Bravo, hit this one right on the head. The government has no place managing our healthcare or keeping our records. This will only result in higher taxes, inefficiency and low quality care.

    As for abortion. I believe the federal government has every right to ban it. We were a country founded on the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We must protect the rights of the unborn. Ladies this is not a decision about your body this is a decision about a child's body. Having an abortion no way betters your body. All it does is alleviate a complication that you were prepared to risk but not prepared to own up to. Being adopted from birth I will welcome any arguments on this topic. We must protect all life.

    July 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Greg, Brattleboro, VT

    Poor McSame + McBush! He is clueless!

    July 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. earl

    at least Hillary considered, and still considers "Universal Health care"

    July 17, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Christopher in TN

    I hope the embittered Clinton supporters who say they will stay home or vote for McBush are paying attention. It would be insanity to send this Neanderthal to the White House. Surely Hillary Clinton would agree, and support of McSame by those disappointed by the outcome of the primaries is an insult to everything Clinton has and, it is to be hoped, will accomplish in the future.

    July 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. don't kid me

    MCCAIN WAS STATING A FACT, THAT HISTORICALLY IN 1993 IT WAS CALLED HILLARYCARE. SO WHAT?

    July 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Lisa in GA.

    Well.. well well McCain.....lets see you try to spin this...or will you not remember you said it!

    July 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Gene

    Those who wanted Hillary's plan... that is the very definition of socialized medicine. I don't see anything wrong with Obama's plan. Obama is just offering a government subsidy to make sure all children are covered, but he still throws the responsibility upon the individual adult to be responsible and get health care.

    Has McCain even offered 1 single solution to our healthcare problem other than to insult Obama's (and now Hillary's).

    Where are all those wonderful "if not Hillary, then McCain" people so far? Usually they're the first to post nasty comments about Obama.

    July 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Pat Riot

    Brian G, Sugar Land, TX, is that the governments job to take care of you from cradle to grave? What you're talking about is communism/

    July 17, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Kim

    The Health Care plans of Rock Obama and Hillary are totally different.
    But McBush does not care. People without health care are just a bunch of whiners anyhow.

    July 17, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Independent in Iowa

    I'm not an Obama fan but we NEED universal healthcare. It is insane that we will pay for a child's education but refuse to keep them healthy.

    We can spend billions upon billions of dollars on a senseless war but we cannot take care of our own?

    McCain – you are flat wrong on this one.

    July 17, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Puffin

    Why is he always so cynical when it comes to improving standard of living here in America? Obama wants to reduce the costs of health care insurance. What is wrong with that?

    Or, do we need to beef up the DOD budget? I know most projects estimated at $500 mill are now running at $1.5 billion. Why does not he talk about that?

    July 17, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. bij

    "typical white person" i think it's very disrespectful of you to bring up that woman in the manner you did. She was neglected by absent minded hospital workers and it has nothing to do with health care. have some more respect for the woman and her family

    July 17, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Katherine

    Somewhere in middle America, another chided ex-Hilary supporter rips off her McCain bumper sticker on her caravan and sticks an Obama sticker in its place. Thanks McCain!

    July 17, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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