October 4th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 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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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Erin in Oklahoma

    I'm sure this comment will be stuck in moderation with the rest of my comments.

    McCain's health plan doesn't even make sense. This will only benefit the people that can already afford their health care. Average Americans will end up paying more or not being able to afford it at all.

    October 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Just Say No to "Winky and Wrinkly"

    The American people have paid for McCain's healthcare for most of his adult life. Yet, through his proposal he is willing for the American people to have substandard healthcare, which would erode earnings. The only ones who will benefit from his plan are the insurance providers and the pharmaceutial companies.

    October 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. chris

    is there any obama surrogate who can take on sarah palin for a change, i'm tired of seeing and hearing this village woman that talks like a spelling bee student insult the intelligence of the american public, she is actually beginning to think she is all that, this woman is actually below average on any rating, and she needs to be delivered again by her pastor from the witchcraft/jezebel spirit controlling her, she could not tell the nation during the debate what the Republicans will do to fix our numerous problems but she was busy winking her eyes at the whole nation, trying to charm americans, when a woman resorts to such tricks to win someone over we call it selling yourself cheap but i know others call it PROSTI-–

    October 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Chrissy

    I want to hear what voight has to say...where's the video and all the liberal comments?

    I am so so so so very happy to hear someone finally verbalize something that all have known for so long. CNN is pulling the strings for Obama and have been working hard to destroy the Mccain campaign. Even when you turn the volume off, the bias still comes across on all of their faces.....It is indeed a crime what CNN is doing to the public!

    October 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Brian

    My vote is for McCain-Palin ticket and I hope he wins. I just cannot vote for the most liberal left wing senator with no executive experience and has ties to bad people. Lets not forget Reverend Wright either. Obama is bad news for our country. Hard to believe that our Palin as a VP has more experience then Obama. We cannot have a president that just votes "present" for key decisions. We need a leader and that is McCain. Just like the last debate which McCain easily won. McCain is the teacher and Obama is the student. Obama lets here you say "your right" more often.

    October 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Independent but Leaning

    Barack Obama's policies equal Jimmy Carter's.

    But at least Carter loved his country.

    October 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Greg Evans

    More praching from God man Obama,You cant do for your self you need us taking care of you,and as for fact check? c-span tapes showThat John Mcain was warning of the corrunption is FannyMai and Freddie mac 3 years ago.

    October 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Connie

    Jon Voight is for McSenile , the Boss is for Obama , enough said. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    Connie from Indiana

    October 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Nutter

    To-No Hillary = No Obama- No Palin- No McCain – no Witch Craft .....No YOU -WINK WINK!!!

    October 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. lyn

    Palin how dare you attact Obama for something that happen when he was was only 8yrs old. You stop the troopergate investigation we the poeple would like to know what you are hiding, so get that investigation going. "Obama & Biden"

    October 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Jim Hall

    John McCain's proposed elimination of tax advantaged health benefit coverage, which many American's enjoy (approximate value of a average family medical plan = $10,000 to about $12,000) and having the employer's contribution toward such costs show up as taxable income for the employee, will, over the long run, provide to be costly for the average employee, who most likely does not need a $5,000 tax credit.

    This is about like McCain's and George Bush's old proposal to "privatize" social security, remember that one? Most Americans have far worse retirement and health care benefits than they had 20 years ago, in part because we've "privatized" those benefits and allowed employees to go it along in the marketplace. This is a long-term hidden time bomb that will hurt the average American.

    Interestingly, John McCain does not promise any particular level of benefits to any American. He's is a "you're on your own plan"--which works fine if you're a multi-millionaire who forgets how many houses he owns. It might be a challenge for people who, like his running mate, can't recollect what newspapers or magazine she reads, I betcha!

    October 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. McCain/Palin is the real bridge to nowhere

    I hate to come on CNN.com an read all of this babble about McCain. McCain is an idiot. he has never done good for america so what makes u think he will start now. anyone who wants to vote McCain is seriously unstable mentally, extremely gullible or simply doesnt know the truth about McCain. I say look for the truth about McCain and then decide. If u still think her is our best choice then u must want to see another Great Depression.

    October 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. ON THE "A" TEAM




    October 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Jan in CA

    Obama has good plans and good solutions for the issues we face in our country today. McCain has none. Basically all he can think to do is add or delete a tax. He has no vision, no plan and no ethiecs. I think it is time we get a President with a brain into the White House again and forget these bad students like Bush, McCain, and Palin. They are not smart enough to understand the complexities of governing and their irratic, knee jerk behavior just gets us into trouble again and again. We need a well informed, intelligent, calm, and strong leader like Obama.

    October 4, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. mother of three girls

    if some body full -of herself or himself will be mccain and sarah my be only educated people understand HARVARD language.. go OBAMA ...

    October 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. NC Resident

    no hillary=no obama
    You are a sad case of a human being. Because you are not educated you live to down others who are. Are you one of those people who are mad that he's a well-educated black man on the way to being a president.
    You are a sad excuse of an American. You'd rather a man who graduated from college with at the bootom 894-899 because you want someone like you dumb and uneducated. Ridiculous that you're so stupid you want a stupid president.
    Elitist you call him. How come he is elite with one house and one car and just barely over the 4 million mark but yet McCain is worth over 100 million and has 13 cars and he's your average joe.
    Sounds more about his race than it does his lifestyle. You are one of those people who believes minorities need to stay minorities and can't run for president.
    You are a sad excuse for an American and may God have mercy on your soul.
    How you judge people now remember there is a higher power judging you!

    October 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    What's "radical"–in the political sense of being opposed to the American ethos under which the United States was conceived and by which it lived until 1932–is socialism. Those who wrote the Constitution had many, profound, differences, but one of the things they had in common was a belief in individual responsibility. I feel utterly confident in saying that every single one of those people would have been appalled at the idea of socialised medicine, that the government they were creating would ever have the arrogance and the power, and be so intrusive into the lives of Americans, as to have anything at all to say about the medical care people received.

    Somewhere along the line, the concept of self-reliance has been discarded in America. Somehow, a childish repudiation of individual responsibility has become not only acceptable, but so deeply ingrained in our society that decrying that descent into moral cowardice is greeted with shrill accusations of inhumanity.

    We don't need socialised medicine–we don't need socialised anything. We don't need government intruding ever more deeply into our lives, demanding ever more of the fruits our labours to be redirected as government sees fit. "From each according to ability, to each according to need" is not what the authors of our Constitution had in mind.

    October 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. francis

    if is true(fact check that cnn)that Sen.Mccain health care plan wants to give 5000$ to each family that is insufficience.a family of 4(palin is out of that math) average dividing that amount will result to 1250$ each will that cover them? if so then fine it not so than i have a notion that he(sen.Mccain) want to get rid of the burden.

    October 5, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
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