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. Hispanic For McCain

    Hispanic Nation for McCAIN
    Latinos open your eyes OBAMA is not for US!!!

    Hispanic and the Latinos Razas for McCain!!!

    July 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Gary

    I wonder what is the median age of Obama's supporters? Most of the above comments, if not all, are childishly inmature. You are in for a crash landing when your idol makes it to the WH. Yes, sir your boy will not only save the planet Earth but will bring all of his idolaters to the land of milk and honey. You can dream because that is all you have, who will you blame when your idol does not deliver the goodies that you are expecting? Someone is going to have a last laugh, it won't be the Obamatons!

    Educate yourselves, watch Fox News!

    July 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Democrats Unify & Vote Big

    PUMAs are REPUBLICANS posing as Democrats trying to work the division angle. Basically amounts to Operation Chaos, Part 2. They've got to know McCain is putting his foot in his mouth – yet once again.

    July 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. judy, Wisconsin

    I'll take either Hillarycare or Obamacare anyday rather than the nocare policy of the Republican War party. They can't spend $15 billion/month fast enough on an unnecessary war for a so called "victory", but any help for our own citizens or new ideas to improve this country is an "entitlement" (dirty word). I believe the PUMA people are the Rush Limbaugh chaos dittoheads, but will welcome them to the light too–vote for Dems!

    July 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Linda31

    There goes the "my friends" line again. McCain, can you please talk about what you would do instead of constantly attacking. The attacks are now becoming more funny than anything else.

    July 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Tony from Torrington

    Hillary tried socialized medicine many years ago and it's the same old same old. All of you libs who think Obama's plan will be better for you, just make sure you have plenty of money to bribe doctors when you really need them and they tell you you'll have to wait 6 months for your emergency visit due to all the people who are in line ahead of you, including illegals from Mexico and South America, and Europe.

    July 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. JOey

    lol. How come I don't see any PUMAs talking?

    July 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. CLINTON 08 VP



    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014


    July 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. rachel

    Awwh what's wrong McCain? Hillary wont stump for you?

    July 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. David Newport, OR

    Great Job McCain...push those Democrats that were mad because Hillary didnt get the nod away. Can you say IDIOT? I love it when you give people rope and they are too stupid but not to hang themselves.

    Here you go PUMAs.

    July 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Ian

    If he's trying to win over HIllary's supporters, I'm guessing insulting Hillary is not a good way to go about it.

    July 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. H-ROD


    July 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Sue

    No government health care. Since I am over 70 years old, I will be on Obama's short list for euthanasia with the excuse being the government can't afford to provide health care for seniors, just for younger people. And, you know what? You will all reach senior status and euthanasia if the poorly run government health care allows you to live that long....

    July 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. McCain = mouthpiece of the Bush handlers?

    T.Boone Pickens is 80 years old and I'd rather have him as President than McCain. This is something much worse than age, I fear.

    The only people who can seriously think having McCain in office are those Bush handlers who simply want a man in front of the curtain...

    America? Are you really listening? How can you NOT be afraid?

    Casey in Tecumseh, Mo.

    July 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Typical White Person

    Ronal Regan had it right. The most frightening thing you can here is "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

    July 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. 58-year-old white woman

    McCain is so clueless that he thinks we can "pick" which insurance company we use. Most people have to take whatever their workplace offers. Buying insurance as a private single person is horribly expensive. He doesn't know this because he has been on government insurance since birth through his father in the military, and then his military insurance. He can't use a computer, doesn't understand insurance or social security or hard times financially.

    He doesn't know or understand enough on a practical level to be president.

    July 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    > The YouTube video of the women writhing on the floor in New York
    > that everyone has seen is a good preview of Obama's healthcare plan.

    Yeah, I'm sure that if she had McCain health care "tax credit" she would've died long before she ever got to a hospital.

    July 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Grand Rapids, MI

    Ouchhhhh! He just lost another bearing 🙂

    July 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Bob Stephens

    Better be careful, McNasty, and not tick off Obama. next thing you know, when he is President, he will cut off your Viagra supply, the way you voted against Birth Control. Next thing you know, Cindy will be heading for the local singles bar....

    July 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. James_A, WI

    America is to greedy to have universal healthcare for it's own people. Look how they do the elderly and disabled with Medicare.

    July 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    Ok so how does he expect to win Hillary supporter by making fun of her #1 goal in politics? Then on top of that he shows he true colors on abortion FOR ALL OF YOU PUMA FOLKS. And all he seems to do is talk bad about Obama but offers no coherent ideas himself. He entire strategy is NOT TO PROVE HE IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE BUT JUST TO MAKE YOU DISLIKE OBAMA MORE THAN HIM. POOR JOHN MCBUSH.

    OBAMA 08-12

    July 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)


    The major difference between Barack's healthcare plan and Hillary's plan is that Barack's plan is not mandatory for adults. He requires children to be covered, just like Hillary's. This has been a point of contention during the course of the campaign as Hillary believes that in order to have universal coverage, you must make it mandatory for everyone. Barack believes that the porblem with healthcare is not that a matter of choice but instead is a matter of being able to afford it. As such, his plan calls for tax credits and subsidies to make healthcare affordable for all who want it.

    Beyond this, the plans are very similar in terms of opening healthcare to pre-existing conditions, public/private options, etc.

    Hope this helps!

    July 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Lewis

    Do you want the government to tell you what you can and cannot do? The more you depend on goverment to provide for you the more they can take away from you.

    Will you be able to pick your own doctor and set up your own appointment time?

    You won't be denied care if you walk into a hospital without insurance.

    You'll just get charged out the wazoo!

    July 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. dAVE

    Ha Ha.

    Don't you silly lunatic fringe PUMAs or whatever dumb name you call yourselves feel even MORE stupid now?


    July 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. what?

    you see PUMA even McCain is telling you...OBAMA

    July 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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