John McCain Opposes Public Health Care for 50 Million Uninsured
Multi-millionaire Sen. John McCain believes that President Barack Obama must drop his support for a public insurance option for 50 million uninsured Americans before Republicans will consider supporting reform.
“I believe that one of the fundamentals for any agreement would be that the president abandon the government option,” McCain told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Asked by Stephanopoulos if he believed — as President Obama argued this week — that the Republicans are trying to stall any and all health reform in order to score a political victory, McCain responded: “I hope not.”
“I think that Republicans are more than agreeable to sit down and talk about various reforms,” he added.
Asked about the president’s remark that McCain’s former running mate Sarah Palin’s “death panels” comment is an “extraordinary lie,” McCain argued that “the way that [that clause] was written made it a little ambiguous.”
“I don’t think that’s correct, senator,” Stephanopoulos shot back, saying that the bill provided for voluntary end-of-life counseling, for which doctors would be reimbursed; there would be no panels.
“There was a provision in the bill that talks about a board that would decide what are the most effective measures to provide health care for people, okay?” McCain responded testily. “So what does that lead to? Doesn’t that lead to a possibility of rationing?”