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Liberal group takes aim at McCain’s health care platform October 8, 2008

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October 8, 2008
Posted: 03:10 PM ET


(CNN)– With less than a month before Americans head to the polls, the liberal group Health Care for America Now released a series of ads Wednesday taking aim at Sen. John McCain and seven of his fellow Republican Congressional candidate’s health care plans.

“Under John McCain’s health care plan, 20 million people could lose insurance at work,” a woman who is battling cancer says. “He wants me to fight cancer and the insurance companies? Fine. I’ll take you both on.”  Source Article


Cutting Medicare and Medicaid to fund regressive tax cuts: Haven’t we heard this before? October 7, 2008

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Huffington Post

Harold Pollack

Posted October 7, 2008 | 06:57 PM (EST)

Are you baffled by Team McCain’s behavior in recent weeks? I certainly am. I’m not talking about the candidate himself. His irresponsible selection of Governor Palin and his bailout grandstanding reduced the prospects for surprise. I mean the adults around him, people I had presumed might know better. What’s the deal with them?

One moment, a key advisor is telling reporters–telling reporters!–“We are looking forward to turning a page on this financial crisis and getting back to discussing Mr. Obama’s aggressively liberal record and how he will be too risky for Americans.” Another says–on the record–“If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.” As the stock market drops another 500 points, this seems pretty likely. Source Article

McCain’s Erratic Health Strategy: Now He’s Slashing Medicare October 6, 2008

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RJ Eskow

Posted October 6, 2008 | 12:15 PM (EST)

Those of us who analyze health policy and trends for a living have struggled to follow John McCain’s health plan through its many seemingly-improvised changes. First he was taxing health benefits through both payroll and income tax. Then he said he only intended to apply income tax, which meant that his plan would create even larger deficits. Now he says there won’t be deficits, because he’s going to make up the cost of those tax credits by slashing Medicare and Medicaid.

When a candidate suddenly, almost whimsically changes the way he proposes to handle $1.3 trillion – which is the amount of money his plan puts in play over the next ten years – it’s time to get nervous.   Source Article

McCain Plans Federal Health Cuts October 6, 2008

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Wall Street Journal

Monday, October 6, 2008

John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan “budget neutral,” as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn’t given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn’t dispute the analysts’ estimate.   Source Article

Health Care Destruction October 5, 2008

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NY Times

Published: October 5, 2008

Sarah Palin ended her debate performance last Thursday with a slightly garbled quote from Ronald Reagan about how, if we aren’t vigilant, we’ll end up “telling our children and our children’s children” about the days when America was free. It was a revealing choice.

You see, when Reagan said this he wasn’t warning about Soviet aggression. He was warning against legislation that would guarantee health care for older Americans — the program now known as Medicare.

Conservative Republicans still hate Medicare, and would kill it if they could — in fact, they tried to gut it during the Clinton years (that’s what the 1995 shutdown of the government was all about). But so far they haven’t been able to pull that off.

So John McCain wants to destroy the health insurance of nonelderly Americans instead. Source Article

Obama sees opening on healthcare October 3, 2008

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Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor October 3, 2008 01:48 PM

It’s becoming clear where Barack Obama’s camp believes Thursday night’s vice presidential debate left a soft spot: healthcare. Its first statement after the debate focused on the issue, which ranks as one of the most important for voters, but has been put somewhat on the back burner with the economic turmoil.   Source Article

Joe Biden gives a community gathering in Greensburg, PA. September 26, 2008

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Joe Biden talks about the issues facing senior citizens including social security and elder care.

Obama hits McCain on healthcare September 22, 2008

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Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor September 22, 2008 09:55 AM

With lack of regulations blamed by many for the Wall Street meltdown, Barack Obama is trying to punish Republican rival John McCain for his proposals to open Social Security and healthcare to more market competition.

Obama slammed McCain’s support for private savings accounts in speeches over the weekend. And today, he launched a new TV ad on his backing for allowing families to buy health insurance plans in other states.

“We’ve seen what Bush-McCain policies have done to our economy,” the announcer says, as images of failed Wall Street firms appear.   Source Article

Obama Plays Offense Asserting Pro-Education, Pro-Prevention, Pro-Choice Values September 19, 2008

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Scott Swenson

Posted September 19, 2008 | 10:53 AM (EST)

No one will be able to accuse Sen. Barack Obama of not making his pro-education, pro-prevention, pro-choice values clear in this election.

Unlike ghosts of Democrats past that hemmed and hawed, straddling hot-button issues like abortion by playing defense against the harsh tactics and misinformation spread by far-right social conservatives, Obama has clearly stated his beliefs and aggressively defended his values. He shaped his party’s platform to reflect values that both pro-choice and pro-life Democrats embraced, and spoke clearly to all Americans by saying in his acceptance speech “We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unintended pregnancies in this country.”  Source Article

US election: Doctors call on McCain to release details of bout with skin cancer September 18, 2008

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Daniel Nasaw in Washington
Thursday September 18 2008 18:46 BST

Three physicians today said that voters need more detail about John McCain’s 2000 bout with skin cancer, saying that specific information about the nature of the tumour could help determine whether McCain is likely to suffer a recurrence during the next four years.

The doctors spoke on a conference call organised by Robert Greenwald, a filmmaker who has produced Internet videos critical of the Republican candidate. The doctors declined to declare their political leanings, saying they were speaking out as American citizens rather than out of partisan motives. They were three out of 2,279 physicians who have signed a letter asking McCain for “full, public disclosure of all his medical records”. More than 47,000 people have signed the petition.  Source Article