Sunday, September 14, 2008


HEALTHCARE BLOG - Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) emphasizes freedom, personal choice and responsibility when promoting his plan to reform America's health care system. He's 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.". . .

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 commander and his grandfather 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. . .

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.


At September 15, 2008 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"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."

For starters, it was John's grandfather, John Sidney McCain Senior, who was the admiral during the WWII period. John's father, I believe, only held the rank of naval commander.

My father was a veteran of the USS Arizona in the period just prior to the war and saw service in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and Pacific during the war. My uncle served in John Sidney McCain's fleet during the Philippine campaign. Another uncle served in the Army during the Great Depression and later under Patten's command in WWII. Of one thing they were all of accord, health care in the military of that era, if extant at all, was a complete abomination. The concept of dental care, for example, at the time was; "if it hurts, pull it out."

This is not a defense of Senator McCain---it is a defense of the truth. What good, and to what end does distortion and misinformation serve to advance the cause of a reasonable system of single payer universal health care? Exaggeration and lies are not necessary, and in fact prove counter-productive, when one is advocating truth.

At September 15, 2008 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Often the healthcare given to lower rank military personel and the healthcare given to top brass and their families are not quite equal. Top Brass and their families gererally get better care. Why are presidents sent to military hospitals? Because great care is available to the "right" people.

Regardless, one can spend a fortune on health care in this country and still get the same quality of care, as the poor quality military medical care offered to enlisted personel. Nobody should pay for care like that. The fact that McCain has never had to fork over hundereds of dollars a month on incomplete heathcare coverage gives him an unrealistic view of the whole issue.


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