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Obama Takes On McCain's Health-Care Prescription

By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: We've seen what Bush-McCain policies have done to our economy. Now John McCain wants to do the same to our health care. McCain just published an article praising Wall Street deregulation. Said he'd reduce oversight of the health insurance industry, too. Just "as we have done over the last decade in banking." Increasing costs and threatening coverage. A prescription for disaster. John McCain. A risk we just can't afford to take.

Analysis: This Barack Obama commercial is based on John McCain's own words, although those words are subject to interpretation.

An article in the obscure journal Contingencies, published under McCain's name, says: "Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous, nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."

In the article, the Arizona senator certainly sounds like the strong advocate of deregulation he has always been. And the timing makes McCain sound like he is defending the loosening of federal rules on banks, now widely blamed for the Wall Street turmoil that has led President Bush to propose a $700 billion bailout of the banking and credit industries.

The McCain camp contends that the Republican nominee was referring only to the regulatory change that allowed banks to operate across state lines. But because the article does not specify what he has in mind, McCain leaves himself vulnerable to the charge that he endorsed the full sweep of banking deregulation.

There is no evidence that McCain is "threatening coverage" for health care, and the "prescription for disaster" verdict is credited to the Boston Globe. The ad doesn't say it is from the paper's liberal editorial page.

For the spot to cite the "Bush-McCain policies" ignores the fact that McCain has broken with the president on some issues. In fact, he has blamed the administration for allowing the banking crisis to develop and proposed a different solution. Every recent Obama ad has either mentioned or pictured the unpopular president.

By using the article to remind voters of McCain's past support for deregulation, the commercial tries to paint him as partially responsible for the Wall Street meltdown, even though congressional Democrats did little to change the policies.

Posted at 12:01 PM ET on Sep 22, 2008  | Category:  Ad Watch
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Trickle down healthcare is already the norm. I am, and you probably are too, one catastrophic illness away from bankruptcy. I do not think as much about myself, but all the parents of small children which I see that do not take their children for treatment because of choosing that or gas and food. America, what are we doing? I have freinds in France and Germany that shake their heads, where they pay less than 8% for complete GOOD healthcare, not one where the insurance industry dictates our level of care. Our insurance industry rakes us by their high premiums if you are lucky enough, and we also pay for the high insurance premiums the doctors must pay for protection from lawsuits. The only one benefiting from this game is the largest industry in America, INSURANCE>>> And he wants to deregulate. Wow. Who was it that said “we are only as good as the least among us?” America and Rush Limbaugh's motto is “We only take care of the richest among us.” History will record our shame. If we need a crisis to act, we are there.

Posted by: Ohio Rural | September 23, 2008 8:14 PM

"Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous, nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."

Howard Kurtz seems to want me to believe the above quote is better than the on in the Obama ad. It is in fact worse and more idiotic. Obama was to kind.

The vigorous, nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade is the reason we are in this mess with bush's help. Now this clown thinks same stupidity will also work for health care. More of the same. No wonder he voted in line with bush almost all the time.

Bush and mcbush have proven these stupid theories DO NOT WORK IN THE REAL WORLD. How many times does it have to be proven before people accept it?

Posted by: rey | September 23, 2008 7:28 PM

Howard Kurtz: "For the spot to cite the 'Bush-McCain policies' ignores the fact that McCain has broken with the president on some issues."

Gosh, really? So even though McCain has *bragged about* agreeing with Bush over 90% of the time -- and that was before McCain's flip-flops toward Bush on things like tax cuts for the wealthy -- it's really the less-than-10% that's important?

Kurtz again: "In fact, he has blamed the administration for allowing the banking crisis to develop and proposed a different solution."

Right, *now* McCain blames the administration and proposes a (slightly) different solution. Sure, maybe it's an honest change of heart. Or maybe it's the realization that if he did anything else at this point, he might as well concede the election.

Posted by: Whippy | September 23, 2008 11:29 AM

"So what he ought to do," smiled this man, "is spend his time closing that gap and less time attacking McCain."

Yeah, right, a smiling Republican operative giving free advice to the Democrats. Betcha he'd love to see Obama spend less time attacking McCain. But Obama's got an election to win, which is exactly what he's doing. All he needs is 270 electoral votes, and that's the target.

Posted by: Mark O | September 23, 2008 1:13 AM

mountainman:

"You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny."

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:38 PM

"Warren Buffet one of the most clear minded thinkers in the world is backing Obama.... I ask why arent you?"
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The GOP "base" has dragged their party down to this. It was almost Huckabee on the ticket. They could not get comfortable with anyone educated or qualified like Mitt Romney. Who needs qualifications when you have a right winger on the ticket? The GOP has to get us ready for the second coming.

Posted by: JP | September 22, 2008 5:53 PM

McCain has lots of experience with deregulation. During the Saving & Loan Crisis ( an other Republican theft ) Him, Neil Bush & John Keating looted Silver Auto Saving & Loan in Colorado for millions, the tax payers are still paying that off. I doubt if many intelligent Americans in this country will risk voting for this guy.

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 22, 2008 5:51 PM

One [hybrid, American-made] Car, One House, One Spouse....

versus one lying scheming louse.

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 22, 2008 5:42 PM

Is Obama Another Dukakis?
Why is Obama so vapid, hesitant, and gutless?
By Christopher Hitchens
Updated Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, Slate

"...I ran into a rather clever Republican operative at the airport last week, who pointed out to me that this ought by rights to be a Democratic Party year across the board, from the White House to the Congress to the gubernatorial races. But there was a crucial energy leak, and it came from the very top. More people doubted Obama's qualifications for the presidency in September than had told the pollsters they had doubted these credentials in July. "So what he ought to do," smiled this man, "is spend his time closing that gap and less time attacking McCain." Obama's party hacks, increasingly white and even green about the gills, are telling him to do the opposite. I suppose this could even mean that Sarah Palin, down the road, will end up holding the door open for Hillary Clinton. Such joy!"

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 5:34 PM

C'mon Jake D/Darth Vader -- forsake the dark side -- your skills are great, come over and see the light and become reacquainted with your true brethren.

Posted by: mountainman | September 22, 2008 5:24 PM

Get with it take the chance and vote Obama... 8 Years of disaster is what you guys gave us Bush. Please be strong and confront your party with the change that is needed. McCain does not represent the future, he does not have intellect, he is not what this country needs so much of. Warren Buffet one of the most clear minded thinkers in the world is backing Obama.... I ask why arent you?

Posted by: iowa56 | September 22, 2008 5:00 PM

The Bush-McCain-Republican way of economics DOES NOT WORK. It never did and never will. The markets have crashed and burned, the American people are now footing the bill yet again in the trillions of dollars for the same corporations and Republicans who own them that ruined us economically. When will Americans ever learn. OUR money is now paying THEIR debts, that same money will not go to schools, jobs, environment, Medicare, social security, you wait people, the worst is yet to come unless you elect people who know how to handle this, Obama knows, the Democrats know, just ask Bill Clinton, HE knew. We NEVER had problems like this when Clinton was our President, things were the COMPLETE opposite! Stop listening to idiots like McCain and Bush, they LIE LIE LIE, just look what they have done to our country! What more does anyone need to see? How many times do you need to be dropped on your head before you realize, hey that hurts!

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 22, 2008 4:59 PM

moderate:

What, exactly, do you think I was "proven wrong" on? This should be fun.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 4:46 PM

I see JakeD try all tacts and bring up a lot of accusations, only to be proven wrong everytime.

JakeD seems like one of those that take a small amount of bad information and take it as gospel and continue to ask inane questions.

Posted by: moderate | September 22, 2008 3:45 PM

McCain prides himself (until last week) as being a deregulator. Now he's backpeddling like crazy trying to make people believe he didn't mean what he said. If you take his and Palin's words at face value and he's elected the country will nosedive into a depression that will make Herbert Hoover look like Warren Buffett.

Posted by: Johnny | September 22, 2008 3:16 PM

JakeD:

Yeary.

Bonus quote (Yeary talking about BHO statement about Wright):

"I'm sure John McCain would probably say the same thing about me if he were asked 'So, do you agree with everything your pastor says?'"

Yeary's church, of course, is part of the SBC while McCain is Episcopalian.

Posted by: Titfortat | September 22, 2008 2:32 PM

you are all a bunch of jokes.

Posted by: john smith | September 22, 2008 2:28 PM

aww c'mon Jake..give the man a break. He's very old. He's not too sure on the things he says. Like that story about the fish swimmin' 'round the oil tanker. That sounded like an old man tellin' a story at the senior center during pudding time.

Posted by: jp123 | September 22, 2008 2:27 PM

Titfortat:

McCain?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 2:23 PM

Palin's a tranny...you're a sicko

Posted by: jp123 | September 22, 2008 2:20 PM

JakeD:

Here's a quote from someone in John SIDNEY McCain III's circle (about Rev. Wright):

"All preachers have a tendency to overstate because our passion is so intense. But I thought Obama did a fine job in response. He preserved his friendship with his pastor while disagreeing with him."

Guess who said that?

Posted by: Titfortat | September 22, 2008 2:11 PM

Obama Baby, you are a good public speaker, but you are also the most liberal candidate that is the product of Chicago Southside Political Machine which has a long and rich history of political corruption of the first magnitude. You are indeed a child of that system and I don''t want you anywhere near the Oval Office...have a nice day.

Posted by: TPE | September 22, 2008 2:05 PM

Owning 7 houses is a human right only if you marry a beer heiress.

I don't argue with republican shills and watercarriers.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 1:58 PM

toritto (last time I will ask you):

Is "owning 13 cars" also a human right? What about "7 houses"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:46 PM

von gerstner:

You "recall" that Pastor Yeary said he does not really know what McCain believes or what particular theology he follows -- you also KNEW that McCain attends church there when in Arizona -- yet, you asked "By the way, who is McCain's pastor? Hmm, Hagee or Dodson maybe?"

You also, incorrectly, claimed that I "have an unhealthy fixation with Palin, you really need to seek some professional counseling for it. She's married JakeD, you sin in your heart."

Two strikes, so far.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:45 PM

JakeD:

I knew? I don't claim to know anything about McCain's true beliefs and very few other people can speak with authority on the subject.

I do however know and have seen him standing next to Hagee smiling while accepting his endorsement and seen him pandering to Dodson shamelessly.

People like to keep bringing up Rev. Wright, but Wright at his very worst misquoted statements is leagues above Hagee. You don't have to misquote or take out of context Hagee's words, they speak for themselves.

Again I urge you to skip the YouTube clips of Wright and actually listen to a couple of his complete sermons, you may come away surprised and informed.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 22, 2008 1:24 PM

We'll just let those with no money and no insurance die in the street!

Healthcare is a human right.

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 1:18 PM

von gerstner:

So, you KNEW that neither Hagee nor Dobson were his pastor when you asked that question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 1:03 PM

As for McCain's pastor, I believe his name is Dan Yeary. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD

If I recall Mr. Yeary said he does not really know what McCain believes or what particular theology he follows. He occasionally attends church when in Arizona and occasionally when in Washington, one Baptist and the other escapes me at the moment. One could speculate it is more out of political expedience than out of beliefs.

You know what though? To me it doesn't really matter because I happen to believe in the separation of church and state and as long as someone doesn't use their believes to harm others, I could care less. The only reason I bring it up is because you and others like to use it against Obama.

Ok, I'll qualify my statements, when someone seeks and accepts the endorsement of people like Dodson and Hagee, then it is important to me. Sure, sure, McCain renounced Hagee AFTER it became a huge issue, but there was a considerable lag there and the fact he was pandering to this hate spewing hypocrite does not sit well with me at all.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 22, 2008 12:57 PM

toritto:

Is "owing 13 cars" also a human right? What about "7 houses"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:57 PM

Heehee. All you fine "Christians" would all be fine sunni muslims if you were born in Saudi Arabia. You would probably all be rock hard wahabis and would not believe "Jesus is lord".

Its all cultural BS.

Might as well worship Zeus - people used to swear that was "true" too.

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 12:53 PM

More Useless and baseless rhetoric and subversion.....

If you don't already do it, you really should be checking out the Anchorage Daily News site regularly, for local Palin news, editorials and op-eds, and its excellent Alaska Politics blog (special bonus Ted Stevens coverage there). Today, for example, the paper hits Palin hard in an editorial for abdicating to the McCain campaign on Troopergate.

And here's a brand-new gem on a stunning, overlooked McCain gaffe from David Hulen at the Alaska Politics blog:

Candidates spend a lot of time talking, and they all misspeak sometimes. But did anyone else notice this, from Wednesday's much-covered McCain-Palin Town Hall event in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Palin answered questions from people in the audience? McCain said this near the end of the clip below, as he's talking up Palin's foreign policy/national security credentials:

"I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges..."

The ceremony Palin attended at Fort Wainwright last week didn't involve the Alaska National Guard. Palin's son is in the Army, and his unit - 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division - deployed to Iraq.

...and this man is supposed to know more about our military than anyone else....

McCaint should stick to playing with GI Joe dolls.......

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 22, 2008 12:50 PM

Patrick,

With all due respect the church which Palin now attends doesn't practice the speaking in tongues. She conveniently switched churches at the very time she ran for lieutenant governor back in 2002.

She does however maintain close ties with her former church which she grew up in and which she address in the June video. Her current church does have ties to Dodson and his like, Jews for Jesus, Pray away the gays, etc.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 22, 2008 12:49 PM

Jake D, fair enough. Also I have to say that Chicago politics are as dirty as they get, you cant make it in chicago without help from at least one daley and emil thomas and the resko ties are weak.

So I argue that Obama is the cleanest with the least dirty political ties for ANY politcian EVER to come out of Chicago.

Posted by: Patrick | September 22, 2008 12:47 PM

von gerstner:

The only thing I brought up about Palin on this thread was GOTV for MCCAIN-Palin -- I'm not "sinning" about her -- maybe you are thinking of the fake JakeD.

As for McCain's pastor, I believe his name is Dan Yeary. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:47 PM

JakeD:

We all know you have an unhealthy fixation with Palin, you really need to seek some professional counseling for it. She's married JakeD, you sin in your heart.

Now about Rev. Wright, rather than quoting a sound bite taken out of context, why don't you actually listen to all of the sermon. You might actually learn something.

By the way, who is McCain's pastor? Hmm, Hagee or Dodson maybe?

Posted by: von gerstner | September 22, 2008 12:43 PM

Patrick:

I was simply responding to "pastor"123 : )

toritto:

Is "owing 13 cars" also a human right? What about "7 houses"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:42 PM

Will this be the issue that put McCain to bed? We at Team Obama sure hope so. Free markets for insurance? A little scary.

Team Obama! Let's get McSame's number at http://www.boppoll.com over 800,000. We are so close now! Then it is on to 1,000,000!

Posted by: universal health! | September 22, 2008 12:37 PM

JakeD:

If you are going to bring reverend wright back up then it should be time to start talking about Sarah Palin's witchhunting pastor who she credits fro praying her into the governor's office, or her pastor that hosts a pray the gay away camp, or her pastor and fellow church members that speak in tongues and believe in faith healing.

I'm just saying is this a fight McCain / Palin really want to get into?

Oh and does McCain even have a pastor or does he just BS about his beliefs?

Posted by: Patrick | September 22, 2008 12:29 PM

Healthcare is a human right.


:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 12:28 PM

pastor123:

Here's an infamous quote by someone in Barack HUSSEIN Obama's circle:

"God DAMN America!!"

Guess who said that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:23 PM

Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Make sure you start voting for McCain-Palin TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:22 PM

Here is a not so famous quote from someone in Sarah Palins Circle.
Im a f@*kin redneck, F**K with me Ill kick your A#@! Who said it?
http://www.hotpres.com


Watch Preview of the VP debates
http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 22, 2008 12:21 PM

Here is a not so famous quote from someone in Sarah Palins Circle.
Im a f@*kin redneck, F**K with me Ill kick your A#@! Who said it?
http://www.hotpres.com

Watch Preview of the VP debates
http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:20 PM

Hey McCain was against regulations before he was for them and sure its a flip flop but he is the original maverick and cant the orignial mavericks go down a new path.

Posted by: Patrick | September 22, 2008 12:20 PM

Thanks for posting that YouTube clip ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 12:18 PM

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