October 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP needs its own health care reform agenda, McCain says

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the national debate over health care reform is set to enter a new phase with next week’s scheduled vote in the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, says his party needs to crystallize its own positive agenda for health care reform.

“We Republicans need to come up with our agenda,” the former GOP presidential hopeful says in an interview that airs Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “And we need to do it so that there is a viable alternative to this [legislation in the Senate Finance Committee]. And it has to do with things that are not associated with government-controlled health care in America.

“And there are many, many things we can do - medical malpractice reform, go across state lines to get insurance policies of your choice, refundable tax credits - there's a long list of things that we can and should propose as we enter this debate.”

Asked whether he would vote for the version of health care reform legislation championed by finance committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, if it came to the Senate floor, McCain said he would have to wait and see what the final Senate version of reform legislation looks like.


Filed under: GOP • Health care • John McCain • State of the Union
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. eolufemi

    Kind of late...What a bunch of bozos..

    October 11, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Ruty

    I believe McCain thinks he won the election. Someone please tell him he lost. Oh I forgot– he is old and senile.

    October 11, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Lynne

    So now McCain is admitting that they have NO health care plan after the republicans waving a bunch of paper around and insisting they have plans. The problems with health care did not syart with pres. Obama's inaugaration and these socalled leaders have had years of time to DO something!!

    Sort of like not coming clean about where bid Laden is which he claimed he knew of his where abouts throughout the campaign!! Why doesn't King ever ask him about that in his numerous partisan, softball interviews??

    October 11, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. cora - arkansas

    You no i am so tired of McCain and the rest of the GOP trying to delay the Health Care Proposal, now all of a sudden McCain is so interested in the republicans coming up with there on bill. McCain have anyone told you the train have already left the depo? You wasted time watching Fox News when you should have been getting on the train. "YOU PEOPLE" listen to sean Hannity to much and I Love it that Michael Moore made a fool out of Sean on his on show.VERY GOOD.

    October 11, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Simmy

    I agree, Sen. McCain.....The GOP needs its own country....Have you considered Uganda? The rich beauty of colors would saturate your plastic souls......Steele too......He's as plastic as they come......

    October 11, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. bellablue

    I believe the very best decision the GOP/Republicans could EVER make, is to seceed from the Union, and locate to some place far, far away from America! That way, when the going gets tough, they can EAT EACH OTHER UP, rather than continuing to BASH the President for EACH AND EVERY achievement he makes! The GOP/Republicans have NO RESPECT for ANYONE, INCLUDING THEMSELVES!!!

    October 11, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. T Mckinley

    It seems that John McCain has just admitted what most of us have known all along, the Republicans don't have an agenda for healthcare.

    Except to say NO!

    October 11, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    Ya Think! Senator McCain? What, you finally noticed that we're catching on to the "Party of No" who can do nothing but attack, but not come up with ANY viable alternative solutions? It sure took long enough.

    October 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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