October 4th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama blasts McCain's health care plan as 'radical'

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning Saturday in the battleground state of Virginia, lashed out at his presidential rival's plan to tackle health care reform.

In a Saturday morning radio address, Sen. John McCain said if elected, his administration would give every family a $5,000 tax credit to buy their own health insurance or keep their current plan. "And we will open up the national health care market to expand choices and improve quality," he said.

Obama, speaking at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, said it's not that McCain "doesn't care" about what people are going through, "I just think he doesn't know," he said. "That's the only reason I can think of that he'd propose a health care plan that is so radical, so out of touch with what you're facing and so out of line with our basic values."

McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds responded Saturday to Obama's comments.

"Our Democratic opponent had the audacity to call John McCain's health care plan 'radical.' The American people know radical when they hear it, and John McCain is not the candidate in this election they should be concerned about."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    Any person who think McCain will be better than Bush is wrong.
    McSame is a disastor and his VP is a liar. Fact check is a good proof of that
    Wake up America

    October 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    McCain has no real solutions for healthcare, he's way out of his element on this issue and the economy as he is with the Iraq war issues. He FAILED with this wallstreet bailout and took leadership. He has no clue what us real taxpayers are facing each day, shopping for groceries, deciding what bills get paid this month, telling the kids maybe next month we cand get that.....McCain has no idea what real rural America goes through, we don't have the luxury of wearing $500 shoes, have 7 houses and 13 cars.

    October 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Michael Barnes

    Hey Texico, how's your country doing these days?

    Bottom of the list on GDP, among highest on Poverty... good for you. The only cancer we have is the tumor that lies beneath our Texas border.

    October 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Michael Barnes

    I wish my country was so great that millions of my people wanted to leave it to have a chance in life... Must be wonderful to be a Mexican.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. seth

    I still cannot fathom why anyone would want to vote for McCain and keep this country on the same path. Weve been steadily going "down" and they want to continue that trend apparently. If you vote McCain, and he wins, you will get what you deserve, and the rest of the country will get punished for it.

    October 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Borat Aboma

    The focus of an above article is NOT on McCain's preparation for the debate, it is about the fact that he is going to e "resort" which for some (obvious CNN) reason seems to be newsworthy.

    Of course, CNN chooses to ignore the extreme extravagance that Obama has in every step of his campaign – like his PALATIAL, supersized, super fuel using, super emissions emitting campaign jumbo jet, complete with egotistical "Obama presidential seal". How presumptuous this elitist is, and how meaningless his behavior renders McCain's weekend visit to a "resort".

    October 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. pakuna

    All you obama voters The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry is being deployed to serve here in the United States. Why is this?

    October 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. irony

    tucker bounds ever paid for heath insurance? Mccain ever paid for health insurance?

    October 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Former Democrat

    TexicoFromMexico - got your green card? Doubt it - just snuck over the fence, did ya? And now think ya go something to say, do ya?

    I want to see Obama's medical records! What's the condition of his hip? I don't mean the one he's shooting his mouth off from – I mean the one he had a boo-boo on after playing basketball instead of visiting our troops when he was in Iraq because there was no photo op!

    October 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. jimmy


    October 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Joe in MN

    Having my health benefits swing with the fluctuations of the economy in its current state is the scariest thing I can think of. NO WAY to McCain's deregulated health plan.

    Obama/Biden 08' for universal health care WITHOUT a universal mandate.

    October 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. pakuna

    McCain's Health Care plan is not radical. Obama's Health care plan is not what we need, He will leave the majority of the people unprotected. Wake up people he is just saying nothing but lies. He is saying what he knows the people are hungry to hear.

    October 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    McCain has a healthcare plan? All this awful man and his eye candy want to do is get their hands on this country and finish the hatchet job that GWB started. "Want to see more of John McCain?" No really, no. We've had enough of both of them.

    October 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. WM in Colorado

    Typical of all Democrats they will tell you anything to get elected then turn around and take take take from your pocket books , from your freedoms and before you know it you will be living in a socialist state with a Democratic dictator.

    October 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Georgia Gal

    The way I understand it is that McCain's plan will tax people who keep their healthcare that they get from their employee. WTH is that about?? He always talks about being against taxes so I guess this is one of those situations of being against it before he was for it??

    Why should I have to pay the price simply because I'm lucky enough to have a job that provides me with healthcare??

    October 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Sue - OH

    Thank you Barack for speaking out against McCain's health care plan. It is just another one of the rights silly plans of deregulation. I know I live in OH and they did it to us with natural gas and electricity by selling it as Choice.

    October 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Dylan

    Really? Why does Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Japan and Taiwan all have similar plans?

    McWarmonger is desperate and yet again spreading lies.

    October 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. AT from Canada

    Listen to Obama!!! He's what you need, Americans!!! Canada and the rest of Western Europe have universal health care. Everyone receive health care no matter what. You don't have to go bankrupt because you have cancer or a heart attack in your senior years. This system has worked for us and it will work for you. Go watch the Michael Moore Sicko documentary.

    October 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. John

    I like McCain's plan. Give us money so we can choose!

    October 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Matt

    Obama is pre-programmed? I think a perfect example of pre programming was Palin's having to attend "debate training camp" in McCain's ranch. So McCain's side has no room to talk either.

    October 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. R, Ohio

    No Hillary = No Obama October 4th, 2008 3:51 pm ET

    You're stupid. Thankfully the disease that has infected your mind only extends to a very small number of original Hillary supporters. You allow emotions to over rule what's rational. You don't have to like Obama to vote for him; people did this over the past eight years and look at where we are. If you voted for Hillary then Obama's proposals for handling our crisis is something that you should still want; right?? You and the likes of you really amaze me; just sad for you.

    October 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |

    Obama the community organizer, walks into the Garden of Evil and snatches the apples away from Adam and Eve and all their children. This prevents the garden that we love from being driven into the dust from whence it came. Meanwhile the Republicans continue to drill the party deeper and deeper into the mud. Finally the Republican party’s evolution is complete and emerges as the Reptilian party.

    It could not happen to a more deserving group of reptiles.

    October 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Patty

    To No Hillary = No Obama–

    I hope that you choose not to vote for McCain/Palin. They are the antithesis to Hillary Clinton–a fact she's made very, very clear. If Obama/Biden win, we also win Hillary, for surely she'll be an influential member of Obama's cabinet.

    October 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Moe, NY

    McCain doesn't have a clue, he just keeps on deregulating and we all know where that leads.

    October 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Joshua College Station Texas

    What's more radical, Tucker–changing one's views on the economy 5 times in a week, or having a clear vision and understanding of the problems years ahead and staying steady throughout the crisis?

    Tucker Bounds is out of bounds, and so is the entire McCain campaign. They have nothing left to sell but fear.

    October 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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