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John McCain: Never a Day Without Government Health Insurance

Oie_399px_john_mccain_mackinac_islaPresumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) emphasizes freedom, personal choice
and responsibility when promoting his plan to reform Americas health care system. Hes not calling for an incremental approach but "nothing short of a complete reform of the culture of our health system and the way we pay for it will suffice."

This post isn’t a play-by-play of McCain’s health care proposal.

Visit his Web site to read those talking points. Or read Bob Laszewski’s detailed analysis on THCB.

This is an examination of his biography to point out that the man who wants to reduce state-regulated health insurance and hard-won consumer protections has never spent a day of his life outside the cozy blankets of publicy-sponsored government health coverage.

John Sidney McCain III was born in the Panama Canal Zone on Aug. 29, 1936 while his father was a Navy admiral. From this birth and throughout his childhood, Navy physicians cared for McCain.

After high school, McCain enrolled in the U.S. Military Academy, where the naval health care continued until he retired from the Navy in 1981. (Granted, he endured immense hardships during the 5.5 years he spent as a war prisoner at the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam.)

After his naval retirement, he went straight to the U.S. House of Representatives after winning the 1982 election for Arizona’s 1st congressional district. After serving two terms, he was elected to the Senate in 1986, where he has been ever since. Throughout that time, he qualified for the generous Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. On his 65th birthday in 2001, McCain qualified for Medicare.

To be fair, Sen. Hillary Clinton has spent all but two of the last 30 years covered by government-sponsored health programs. But she says more people should have similar coverage.

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Phil
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I left my job and bought an individual policy. The last policy I had I cancelled. After I read the policy I realized it was a scam It cost about $400 a month. The deductable was $5000 per year per Illness.(per Illness) The maximum benefit was $25000 with no out of pocket limit. I had to pay all expences out of pocket up to $5000 per illnes before it would pay anything. Individual policies seem to cost more and give less benefit than group plans. If Mccain thinks sending people out to buy individual policies is the answer he really… Read more »

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Bart wrote: “If the VA is so great — why did the WaPo win the Pulitzer for its series on Walter Reed?”
Bart doesn’t know much about anything as far as I can tell. Walter Reed isn’t a VA hospital.

Ken
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Ken

It is amazing how easily we can be side-tracked by a discussion of the merits, or lack thereof, of Mr. McCain’s past health care providers, even to the point of personal vitriol. What’s important is the program ideas proposed by the candidates. Given the complex nature of delivering health care in this country and the disastorous implications of over-simplified, one- size-fits-all solutions, as a minimum, we must at least preserve what we have, keep cost from rising arbitrarily and begin to shift the payment decision back to the doctor/patient interaction where a reasonable discussion of the needs/benefits of proposed healthcare… Read more »

Righto
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Righto

Jeeez, who is this Bart character, and why is he taking up half of your page with vitriolic posts? I just came to this site to read about health care – I don’t want to deal with all these hysterics. Is there any way we can filter these out these obnoxious posts? Unfortunately, whether you like it or not, candidates’ personal lives have become fair game in this election. So if you support campaign finance reform…don’t take money from lobbyists. If you support people paying taxes…don’t hide your tax returns. If you support completely privatized health insurance…don’t get yours from… Read more »

Bart
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THE VA’S WONDERFUL? FORGET WALTER REED & WaPo?
To all the Ivory Tower-wannabe’s and BHO supporters needling the certified POW for being a Navy brat (it was his choice, right?) and career military —
If the VA is so great — why did the WaPo win the Pulitzer for its series on Walter Reed?
Oh. You don’t let facts get in the way of the sermon. Sorry.

Bart
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” .. Care to separate the numbers for us. (sic)”
Happy to, Prof. Einstein.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_weight_loss
Happy now? Happy, happy, happy?
Good. Say hello to all your fellow baristas at Starbucks. Although I can afford to go Starbucks, but once a year, they are not forgotten.

Peter
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Peter

“Given how FUBAR U.S. health care is (correlated to the number of Democrats involved with health care?)”
Maybe you could give us your “correlation” research?
“– it just means waste by government workers or waste by private-sector workers. I’d rather have the latter, because money is wasted at a slower rate.”
Care to separate the numbers for us.

Bart
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STOP DRINKING — NOW
” .. I’m just saying the present drug patent system is not working for the general welfare as proscribed by our constitution ..”
I know pharms researchers. And I know that in the 0.0000000001% probability that any of the ridiculous Socialist/Democrat/Communist ideas proposed here were ever implemented, they would immediately move AWAY from the U.S. and take their chances with Putin or the Chi-Coms.
Better to be with people who know they are thieves — than those who refuse to admit it.

Bart
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” .. I wonder where vets would get their health coverage without the VA, the private sector maybe?” What those who post here without first-hand experience with reality FAIL to understand about the U.S. Constitution — The Constitution specifically and directly calls for a mutual defense. That means a military. It does NOT mean unionized hospital workers who want to dictate to the public what their working conditions will be. That is, “give us the money and shut up.” As to military health care: Given how FUBAR U.S. health care is (correlated to the number of Democrats involved with health… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

“Would you begrudge an injured factory worker disability coverage as you seem to imply McCain (and, by extension, all wounded veterans) does not merit government-paid treatment for his “workplace- related” injuries?”
Actually adam vets get lifetime medical treatment for all their health needs, even the ones not “workplace related”. VA seems to be busy even though some like to call it a failed program. I wonder where vets would get their health coverage without the VA, the private sector maybe?

Deb
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The government needs to pull out of healthcare completely. That is the only solution.

Bart
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” .. This blog has transformed itself from reasonably sane to overtly political ..”
Excuse me — this blog belongs to the Socialists and Democrats. Period.
” .. Would you begrudge an injured factory worker disability coverage ..”
Excuse me, again — thanks to the tax-and-spend failures of the Democrats — tens of millions of factory jobs have been lost. What factory jobs?
Contrary to those with only a theoretical knowledge of working — no country’s health care system is perfect. What is interesting is how the European systems are beginning to emulate the U.S. Why?

Michael Murphy
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Michael Murphy

“And every researcher in pharms — having seen their property stolen by thugs — would leave and never return.” Jeez, Bart, take your medicine and calm down. Every scientist doing research for pharma corporations get their work stolen NOW by the corporate thugs they work for (compared to what they would earn if the patent was held individually by the scientists themselves). If such scientists worked instead for the public sector then at least the public could pay them higher salaries then they get now plus bonuses when they have a breakthrough. Research would increase…NOT go to zero. Of course,… Read more »

adam
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adam

This blog has transformed itself from reasonably sane to overtly political. Would you begrudge an injured factory worker disability coverage as you seem to imply McCain (and, by extension, all wounded veterans) does not merit government-paid treatment for his “workplace- related” injuries?
For the left, no argument is too tendentious.

Bart
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STOP DRINKING — NOW
” .. Consumers would then be saving from both lower taxes and much lower drug prices (sic)”
And every researcher in pharms — having seen their property stolen by thugs — would leave and never return.
No more new pharms. Zero. Zilch. Nada. 0, 0, 0.
You so smart. Stalin and Mao would be proud. Congratulations.