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. Bridgette-PA

    Did we forget how McCain spoke about OBAMA yesterday when speaking to the NAACP? I knew it was all fake. Listen to him now. LOL....he's such a wimp. He shouldn't have cared if the crowd was prodominently African American or not, if he's really the "straight talk express", he should speak his mind! Another name to add on to the many others.......MCWIMP!


    July 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. The Voice

    He's complaining about 50-60 million? Why don't they just remove the oil subsidies from the record profit oil companies and problem solved. Instead they are giving the oil companies more land to extract for free. This is a joke.

    McCain is serving Bush's third term. This administration and this party are oil moguls that's it! They don't care for the average American, only big business. This mafia needs to end or America is doomed.

    Democracy not imperialism in 08!

    July 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Canadian for OBAMA


    It's the war in Irak that'll take you to bakruptcy.

    In Canada we have had universal health care for decades now and our country didn't go bankrupt, in fact, we are doing better than we ever have.


    July 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Clinton Supporters for McCain-Ohio

    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!

    July 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Mr. Bill

    Yeah, he says "we're not going to do it again" – like we ever gave it a chance. Same BS, different Republican.

    July 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Dennis Coles

    Good job, Johnny-

    THAT'LL get you th PUMA vote!

    July 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Cal

    Funny, the republicans main complaint against Hillary's universal healthcare was that the level of coverage/care would decrease and be too expensive to implement. Fast forward 10 years and the insurance industry controls what doctors can do and my costs have tripled in the last 3 years. I guess McCain thinks no plan is better universal healthcare. As long as insurance companies make huge pofits on our health he's okay with it.

    July 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Will-South Dakota

    Sure he's against Universal healthcare.......the big insurance companies own McSame/Bush, he has no choice to go against this becuase Universal healthcare would help Americans. McSame is owned by big healthcare, drug companies, lobbyists.

    July 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Michigan

    By the way, were/ I'm not voting base on what a candidate said about another candidate I supported. I'm voting on who's going to be a better president.

    I'm a undecided voter

    July 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Phil, FL

    See what happens when he doesn't get his nap? Stop trying to wake him up too soon. It's another day before he can sleep 48 hours.

    July 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Marguerite, NYC

    Way to get HRC supporters... NOT! I agree that McClueless has no plans of his own so he just continues to bash Obama's, except when Obama turns out to be right & then he wants to follow the leader. McSame's time is done.

    July 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Robert

    OK...for all of you uninformed out there. They have successfully used skin cells for stem cells to help people and they have actually been MORE effective than embryonic stem cells. Of course, the media doesn't report about this because it goes against abortion rights. As for government run health care go do some rezsearch on countries that have it and you will find that people die on waiting lists that can run longer than 2 years for major surgical procedures. In the UK, you have to wait 6 months for a mammogram. Ask any woman how that would make her feel...I am guessing not very comfortable.

    July 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Cynthia

    Senator McCain you are talking about what Obama's plan offers – we would rather hear what yours offers. Viagra?

    July 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. skunkrat The Marine

    one day McCain praises Sen. Clinton and the next he attacks her. He boast about his ability to reach across party lines and then make partisan insults aimed at firing up his right wing base. The man is a total IDIOT and I don't see how the voters can trust him.

    July 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Attack! Attack! Attack! All he does is attack! Does McCain have any ideas of his own? At least Obama is putting something out there. McCain has yet to draw me in on anything he proposes.

    July 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican for Obama

    If you have ever watched the Movie with Michael Douglas and Richard Dreyfuss, as candidates for POTUS....McCain is Richard Dreyfuss.

    He has everything to scare you, a person to blame for everything. He can name who's to blame for all your problems, but can not offer up a single solution. Watching his 'Town Hall Meetings' is painful, the man does nothing but blame the world for our problems, refusing to recognize that these problems have worsened during his own parties ruling.

    Get off the bus old man, you are nothing but hot air.

    Obama for answers, McCain for whining!

    July 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. What happened to Democracy?? NoBama

    McCain just shot himself in the foot w/ Clinton supporters. He better be careful where he steps.

    July 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Julie

    No problem McCain, you can call Obama's plan "Hillarycare" and we'll just call your plan "NonExistent" – how's that work for ya'?

    What does McCain actually stand for these days? It's hard to tell, all he does is criticize Obama, offereing nothing noteworthy.

    July 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Caycee

    So much better than the McPain Plan.

    July 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. What happened to Democracy?? NoBama

    And PUMA is NOT FAKE you idiots. Trust me...its very real...and we are NOT Republicans!!

    July 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. no-longer Happy in CT

    unfortunately this won't get talked about like the NEW YORKER cover... or the "bitter" -comment....

    This won't make it on the air!


    July 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. White Independant

    Puma it's not sexism that won't allow Obama to pick HRC. It's the fact that she is a completly corrupt politician with way to much baggage to be anything but a hinderance to his desire to change how things are done in Washington. The fact that she is going on trial for fraud out in California can't help her cause either. The fact that she hasn't already been in court for these charges is only because a judge appointed by Bill postponed the trial after the election can't help either. She won't be able to serve as V.P. from a prison cell. Just because she wears pantsuits and not a suit doesn't make her any less corrupt.

    July 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. tom


    Were is your logic.

    Most of the prosperous countries have universal health care like Switzerland, Austria and all of Europe. Maybe it makes good sense to have healthy people and provide health care for our citizens like other rich countries. Or we can just spend billions in Iraq every month-now doesn't that make sense. Talk about bankrupting our country.

    July 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    People will vote for McCain, the same 28% of America who STILL believes that Bush/Cheney have done a "fine" job. The ditto-heads-the-hate-and-fear-mongers will vote for McCain.

    This people, refuse to acknowledge that in the wealthiest nation on earth the NUMBER ONE REASON FOR PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY IS MEDICAL BILLS!

    With the $650 BILLION spent yearly in Iraq, we could easily insure everyone!

    July 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Robert - Atlanta

    Mcsames favorite quote of "My firends" is driving me insane. This man could care less about the average American. The only reason he is in any form of politics is to protect his wifes empire in Budweiser which recently sold to a Belgian company. Now, show me how he cares about us.

    July 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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