Skip to comments.McCain Says Public Option Must Be Dropped for Compromise
Posted on 08/23/2009 2:32:13 PM PDT by neverdem
Wading into the debate on a national health care plan, Senator John McCain said on Sunday that one way for Democrats and Republicans to reach a compromise would be for President Obama to abandon a government-run insurance program for the nations 49 million uninsured.
Interviewed on ABCs This Week with George Stephanopoulos Mr. McCain, the Arizona Republican and 2008 presidential candidate, said that a public plan would cause many Americans to lose their private health insurance. Although he was not asked to explain, opponents of a government-run plan have previously warned that many employers would scuttle private insurance for their workers if such a program were enacted.
Certainly if you have it, you shouldnt have to lose it, Mr. McCain said of private insurance. But under the presidents plan, you would have to lose it in my view because of the government option. I believe that one of the fundamentals for any agreement would be that the president abandon the government option.
Last week, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, said that a government-run plan was not essential to an overhaul, a concession to United States senators who say such a plan could not win the backing of a majority of the crucial Senate Finance Committee. The focus shifted to discussion of nonprofit medical co-operatives, which are popular in some Midwestern states and more palatable to conservatives. But outrage by liberals supporting a government plan has made the fate of that provision unclear.
Senator Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat and a member of the Finance committee, said on NBCs Meet the Press that President Obama believes strongly in a public option.
He argued that a government plan was imperative because it would introduce competition in the industry. In 40 of the 50 states, he said...
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Oh Crap. Rhe RINO’s are ready to sell out the nation, AGAIN
And since when is a compromise necessary when the Dems control over Congress is overwhelming?
Will they also demand the repeal of the individual mandate? Will they repeal the ban on new individual policies being written? Will they... oh there is SO much else that is wrong with this bill.
Health care proposals need to be scrapped as they are unconstitutional.
What competition? What "option" would there be if the companies could no longer sell individual policies???
As long as the Dems continue to insist on a public option, the Republicans must counter like McCain is doing. Being seen as an “obstructionist” won’t help our cause. Don’t let them focus the debate on the GOP “Party of no.”
Once they give in on the public option, is when you start to attack the concepts of a government designed co-op.
And I don’t want to hear it is being replaced with co-ops.
The co-op was the centerpiece of hillarycare.
NO NO NO JUST SAY NO
The only “compromise” is to shred every bill out there and start completely over!
Time for him to take his meds and retire.
Sometimes, "compromise" is a dirty word.
This is one of them.
Shut your piehole. And retire. Please!
Compromise? No, I want it defeated, not cutting crappy deal.
I don’t think that Obama understands what competition means.
To me competition means that two entities compete and make each other better. His idea is that the government steps in and put others out of business then claims they must have been bad businesses.
When Bush (conservative light) come out with the medicaid prescription plan our company dropped prescription coverage for the retirees as quick as possible.
No death panels......psst.....Sarah was right!
Down with Obortion Obama!
Compromise is important to the dems as they want the republicans to be stuck in their tar baby also.
If it tanks horribly then they can say see we wanted to go all the way but you wouldn’t let us.
The only compromise is to shred every bill out there and leave it up to states, localities, and individuals because it isn't a federal issue in the first place. Because no sane human being would want the feds in charge of their health care.