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Ending Gridlock? AARP Survey Gets Blank Circles from McCain

By Glenn Kessler
It would seem to be a Mom-and-apple pie pledge: "I commit to help end gridlock by working across party lines to develop and support common-sense, bipartisan solutions on health care and financial security."

While Sen. Barack Obama chose to agree with that statement for a "voters' guide" survey conducted by AARP The Magazine, John McCain did not. He simply left it blank (PDF).

In fact, McCain chose not to check any statements in the survey, which asked whether he opposed or supported policy proposals on health care, long-term care, Social Security and retirement security. Obama answered ten out of 11 questions -- each of which happened to exactly match the position of the lobbying group, once known by its full name of the American Association of Retired Persons. Obama declined to take a position on whether he supports or opposes a limit on Medicare beneficiaries' out-of-pocket costs. (AARP supports the idea.)

McCain did provide written answers on the issues, as did Obama. He said "among my highest national priorities would be reforming our nation's failing institutions and assuring American prosperity."

AARP The Magazine boasts a rate base of 24 million, making it "the world's largest circulation magazine."

The McCain campaign did not respond to repeated inquiries over the course of a week for an explanation about why he would not say whether he supported or opposed various policy proposals, or whether he would pledge to "work across party lines" on "commonsense, bipartisan solutions."

AARP marked each failure to answer a question with an asterisk and a note: "The candidate chose not to mark a circle."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 9, 2008; 12:33 PM ET
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MarkInAustin says he is a physician, and doesn't want the federal government involved in healthcare any more than it already is.

Of course he doesn't. Doctors are very well-served by a system that relies on the doctors "old boys club", the AMA, to set standards and regulate entry into the profession, so as to limit competition and protect their profits...I remember some years back when the AMA was touting the blatant lie that medical costs were rising because we have "too many" physicians (which would have exactly the opposite effect: supply and demand), and used that lie to justify limitations on admissions to US medical schools. I also remember legal actions taken to discourage the use of midwives... not because the outcomes of births assisted by midwives were any worse, but to protect the doctors' bottom line. And lets not even get started talking about why it should be necessary to pay a doctor in order to obtain life-saving medications, even when the patient already KNOWS what is needed.

Doctors owe their lucrative professional opportunities, in large measure, to government licensing advantages...which amount to the government telling patients that they must hire doctors... doctors seem to like that just fine, but don't want government telling THEM what they must do or must not do.

American medical care is already "socialized" to the advantage of the providers... and the result is medical costs rising faster than anything else... beneficiaries of this system love that... they simply don't want medecine "socialized" for the advantage of the patients.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | October 10, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Watch McCain Drop the F- Bomb, The F- Word over and over to a reporter. I think he is losing it.
http://www.mccanes.com

See Obama Call out McCain, http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain didn't answer the AARP's questions because he doesn't have the same worries that most older American have. McCain has been feeding at the public trough his entire life from his days at Annapolis to the U.S. Senate - he doesn't have to worry about paying for healthcare, he'll get his pensions, and if he ever runs short, there's always Cindy's money.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | October 9, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

If McSame doesn't support seniors, he is cutting his own throat,senior are poised to become the largest VOTING block in the country. Once it gets organized,it will make the gray panther movement look like a picnic in the park!

Posted by: asclepious2 | October 9, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

So MarkinAustin, a physician huh?, I doubt it, and if you are the reason you don't want the government involved is because you'd rather take some guy who has worked hard, played by the rules all his life, paid taxes, saved a nest egg, bought a home only to lose everything because he becomes ill and no longer can afford his medical bills even with private insurance so "physicians" like you can throw your 6 year old brat a 10k birthday party, or have six cars in your garage, or get a tenth pair of fine italian loafers.

There is no reason anyone should literally become enslaved to the medical industry because they become ill and that is the reason why government should get involved.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 9, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The reason McCain didn't mark the circles on the survey, is that he is not interested in supporting any of AARP's positions! In fact, his plan is to dismantle Medi-Care, Medi-Cal, and even Social Security! McCain is a mean spirited, nasty, senile, mentally disturbed bull*hit artist who is lying, flailing, and grasping at straws as he sees his political ambitions going down the toilet! Add to that the lack of judgement in the selection of Palin to his ticket! McCain is no war hero, or hero of any kind! How does being a prisoner of war qualify him to be president? It doesn't! He isn't even qualified to be a senator! He finagled his way into politics through family connections! John McCain is a nothing but a media invention, and people see through his fabrications and distortions, spewed on the public during his fake straight talk express campaign! If McCain had any integrity, he would admit to all his lies, and drop out of the race for the White House! To continue the way he is, will do nothing but embarrass himself and the Republican party even more! Go back to Arizona John! Retire! Get therapy! Heal yourself from your anger! Calm yourself and try to enjoy what little is left of your time on this planet!

Posted by: ChingarraSan | October 9, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

after reading the rolling stone piece on McCain...I am sorry I gave him $50 in the beginning. I know that Obama is not the most qualified and has a liberal record, but I will be dammed if I will give a Republican another chance. I can only hope and pray that this will be a wake up call for all politicians to work through their differences and fix this country's governing processes.

Posted by: chiefshamus | October 9, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The AARP Magazine - the magazine with the widest circulation in America - has had two articles providing McCain and Obama the chance to detail their stance on issues facing older Americans.

In both articles, McCain spoke only in generalities, as he has in both debates. "I'm for y'all, don'tcha know, and don'tcha forget I'm a former POW."

You would think someone who is the oldest presidential candidate in history would have SOMETHING to say after all these years, wouldn't you?

But, no.

McCain has revealed himself, over and over, to be a single-issue man whose loyalty is to his right-wing base - and them alone.

"It's your fault the economy failed, dammit, not mine. Just look at my record: I've done nothing in the last 26 years. I'm too busy being a Maverick!"

Posted by: deberry10 | October 9, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin wrote: "I am a physician, and I don't want the federal government involved in healthcare any more than it already is."

First, thank you for the services you provide to the Austin community.

My father and grandfather are/were physicians in the Dallas area and they have told me repeatedly that the government, in the form of Medicare/Medicaid, are easier to deal with than insurance company bureaucrats. I can distinctly recall my grandfather railing about how the insurance industry was destroying the standards of medical care in this country and, lo, it has come to pass.

My mother is a psychologist but retired early after growing weary of years battling the insurance industry to pay claims filed by her patients under policies that "allowed for" counseling services. She, too, claimed it was far easier for her staff to deal with government regarding claims payment.

Perhaps this hasn't been your experience but it certainly has been their's.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 9, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

rooster54, I am a physician, and I don't want the federal government involved in healthcare any more than it already is.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 9, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

See Physicians for a National Health Plan.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

How many times did McCain state "She's a fine lady"?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 9, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, the Obama campaign did not respond to repeated inquiries over the course of a week for an explanation about why he would not say whether he supports or opposes a limit on Medicare beneficiaries' out-of-pocket costs (because there were no such inquiries from the MSM)?

IN THE TANK for Obama.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"...my fellow prisoners"
McCaint Rally Wednesday in Pennsylvania...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYFm5kK4f1k&NR=1

take a good look at peeeuuu Palin...no response.....

I guess it went thru her empty skull like wind thru a tunnel....

And McCaint's past connections are coming back to haunt him as well...

A delegate who represented McCaint at the convention name...Marylin Shannon expressed sympathy for an activist who shot a doctor who performed abotions in Kansas.

Using the same logic that the GOP is using we can conclude that since members of the GOP are palling around with abortion clinic attack sympathizers they are supporters of right wing militants. McCain, in 1994 opposed a law that made it a federal crime to bomb or blockade abortion clinics.

In 1992 he addressed the ultra far right Oregon's Citizens Alliance.

He spoke at their convention and had kind words for an anti-abortionist activist who shot the doctor in both arms and bombed abortion clinics in Kansas.

He stated "She's a fine lady".

This fine lady was convicted of bombing clinics and of shooting the doctor.

At the time of sentencing the judge called her a domestic terrorist.

Another association of Sen. McCaint that tells much about his character.

His defense of "poor judgement" how many times are we going to hear this excuse for his pathetic and strange behavior.

...probably as many times as he calls the American public..."my friends"

I see the glass as fully broken and McCaint just cut his foot on it......
Comment on: Battling Through Battleground States at 10/9/2008 8:28 AM EDT
McCaint's past connections are coming back to haunt him.

A delegate who represented McCaint at the convention name MARYLIN SHANNON expressed sympathy for an activist who shot a doctor who performed abotions in Kansas.

Using the same logic that the GOP is using we can conclude that since members of the GOP are palling around with abortion clinic attack sympathizers they are supporters of right wing militants. McCain, in 1994 opposed a law that made it a federal crime to bomb or blockade abortion clinics.

In 1992 he addressed the ultra far right Oregon's Citizens Alliance.

He spoke at their convention and had kind words for an anti-abortionist activist who shot the doctor in both arms and bombed abortion clinics in Kansas.

He stated "She's a fine lady".

This fine lady was convicted of bombing clinics and of shooting the doctor.

At the time of sentencing the judge called her a domestic terrorist.

Another association of Sen. McCaint that tells much about his character.

His defense of "poor judgement" how many times are we going to hear this excuse for his pathetic and strange behavior.

...probably as many times he calls the American public..."my friends"

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 9, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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