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McCain's flight home includes an impromptu Q&A on health care

By Derek Kravitz
After voting against the Senate's health-care bill Thursday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) caught a commercial flight bound for the Valley of the Sun, and along the way home, he was peppered by fellow passengers with a host of health-care-related questions.

McCain, sitting in a first-class aisle seat, was greeted by Phoenix-bound passengers on the US Airways flight who jokingly asked if he got what he wanted for Christmas. (The answer was no.)

One passenger asked if, as his Christmas gift, McCain could help legalize same-sex marriage. The senator laughed it off.

Upon arrival in Phoenix, a reporter who was on the same flight asked McCain what he thought of the health-care measure's passage. He responded, "We're all gonna pay," followed by an exasperated shrug. Then he turned to head for the exit.

By Derek Kravitz  |  December 24, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Capitol Briefing , Health Care  
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It's a good thing everyone on that flight believed in the Constitution.

Posted by: RayOne | December 28, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What he really meant was "People like Cindy and I are gonna pay more taxes for it" poor baby, now maybe he'll only have 10 houses or whatever.

All I can say is it s a good thing he wasn't piloting the plane.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 26, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

During the early primaries/2008 I tuned in constantly to McCain's campaign, because I thought he could pass the test on the right as the "least objectionable" should the GOP win. The race was between he and Huckabee. But since that last victory he has been popping surprise after surprise.

He introduces Palin..after which the liberal/maverick John McCain has grown into something else.

I want the old John back. I don't happen to recognize this one. Did he take a vacation since the elections? Cannot remember after Al Gore lost the elections to President Bush, he was so constantly in the headlines.

Senator McCain, what has changed? Should I guess?

Posted by: Victoria5 | December 26, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The Bush tax cut for the rich (remember the Bush line: in good times tax cuts, in bad times tax cuts)cost more than anyone expected and we will pay for it for years to come.

Nothing is free and would you want to fly on a cheap plane with a cheap pilot?

McCain and his fellow Republicans are completely out of touch with health care and the humanity of the average American.

The Republicans are making the same stupid arguments today aganist healthcare that they made aganist social security and medicare. Social security and Medicare are cherished and paid for by the American
tax payers.

National healthcare reform will work and 10 years from now the Republicans will be telling everyone it was their idea.

John McCain is an old angry man whose shelf-life as a Senator is over, even he knows it.

Merry Christmas Senator McCain.

Posted by: COWENS99 | December 25, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

During the campaign McCain proved himself as a shoot from the hip politician - just as Bush and Cheney managed problems. We are fortunate to have President Obama with his process of thoughtful discourse. ........

Posted by: glclark4750 | December 25, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I have read both Bills in there entirety, wachted endless hours of C-Span and can say it doenst matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, this Bill will not work.
I am a paralegal and one of our clients is an anesthesia office. We do some of there billing for accounts with Medicaid. This week I received 4 Medicaid payments. The total billed to Medicaid on them was $910 paid $48.60, 3 @ $1690 paid $151.40. The part not paid is a writeoff. Think about that for a minute, 5% gets paid. Now ask yourself would you like your pay reduced to 5% ?
Most doctors I talk to nolonger take Medicaid or Medicare. The ones they get hit with are mostly ER patients and find out later.

The CBO report also says the about 15mil people will still not be covered under this Bill beyond 2019. What is you are one of those people.

The biggest question I have , along with Sen Snowe, is what is the monthly premium, co-pay and decutable under this Bill. She submitted a request to the CBO on Dec 3rd and never received a resonse. What if the government says "you plan is $180 a month" and you cant afford it. Well the answer under one Bill is $750 penalty. Cant do that without calling it a tax beacuse there is a thing called Due Process in the Constitution. The other Bill hase a 2.5% penalty when you file your taxes.

What about the Doctor/patient confidentiality, there is going to be information given to a thrid party to determine your coverage and to the Dept of Treasury for tax puposes.

They keep talking about making medical cost cheaper. I do forsee ANY doctor or medical facilty lower the price of there services.

The biggest joke from these politicians is trying to cliam it is in the Commerce Clause. They really need to read it and see that they are so off base.

This will be to the Supreme Court jsut like the case now about government controling private companies payroll.

WAKE UP PEOPLE. Read the Bill, talk to doctors, ask your Congressman what YOUR premium will be and stop expecting things to be handed to you.

Posted by: kevinnpost | December 25, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

ATTN. SEN. McCAIN, MR. PRESIDENT, CONGRESS: "First, Do No Harm." Stop U.S. Domestic Atrocities.


• Secret multi-agency federal program tortures, impairs, subjugates unconstitutionally "targeted" citizens with microwave/laser cell tower attack system -- and oversees local community watch vigilante "stalking" terrorism and financial sabotage campaigns.

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 25, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

McCain was born and raised on the military health care Teat and the only time in his life not on the people's Medical expense budget was in the Hanoi Hilton. Even then his wife and children at home enjoyed health care provided by the Military and as a Totally disabled VET his children remained covered until they were 18, long after his divorce.

John McCain is a Scumbag!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | December 25, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Leave McCain alone; he is still smarting from the arse-kicking he got on election-night last year. Have some sympathy - NOT!

McCain and his stooges named Lieberman and Graham need to be throw out of the Senate, along with McCain. He worked the hero and political angles to get a rich sugar mama to take care of him and remain on the government teats. It's nice work if you can get it.

Posted by: meldupree | December 25, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Tis the season: the obese albino dressed in republican red, giving gifts to the children of the world. Education: while your young and cute (even the coal colored kids) education is offered free of charge. The good kids can make the grade. That is till it becomes a purchase. A grade based in large part on one's net worth. The republican kick back. Purchase the possibility of a cushy job. Bad kids mine coal. More of a fact when one is coal colored? Or are they what they eat, more yule tide logs? Role tide, role red, that is how McCain roles.

How does McCain role? A cap on social security, much like his name, says it all. The huddled masses give up 2/3 of what is taken to the tax that is not a tax. But whether you are an albino mic or a pro athlete (McNabb for one) social securtiy becomes an inverted fraction ---> 0. Oh, Obama, Hawaii is the place to be. I was shooting at some coon and up came a bubbling crude. Hawaii is the place to be. Black gold, Texas tea.

Posted by: chavez66 | December 25, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: frank3373
"If I can offer a better summary: "Where's the Obama check for all the little children who do not have access to health care?" There's about 15 million of them. And the answer is, "It's coming, thank God."

SCHIP was established by the federal government ten years ago to provide health insurance to children in families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Posted by: ahashburn | December 25, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain - not so honorable. He would deny all those in AZ without insurance the security that McCain enjoys from the government. He has lived off the governement so very long. And he has milked the hero angle dry.

Posted by: ajb0815 | December 25, 2009 6:20 AM | Report abuse

How do you guys think you have changed the insurance business? You have screwed up the whole nation. How many of you ready this has actually read the 3,000 pages of this Bill??Yeah, I thought so. So you are just being a sheep.
The insurance now has more riches and the permission to DENY care to the sick.By denying care; that is how they make a profit.
How pathetic; you think this is reform? when the insurance co. can deny medical care to the very sick? The very sick are the ones who need medical care
The economy is so messed up. There are so many trillions dollars of debt. Obama is a crazy man who keeps running up debt like he has the money. There is none. Now he has robbed Medicare that was already paid for by the old people. Obama is a crimnal theif who is taking money that belonged to the seniors. Never have there ever been a pres. to do this dispicable thing in the history of the U.S.

Posted by: wisestcat | December 25, 2009 3:20 AM | Report abuse

A prior comment: If I can summarize all the posters here so far: "Where's my Obama Check?"

Not quite right. If I can offer a better summary: "Where's the Obama check for all the little children who do not have access to health care?" There's about 15 million of them. And the answer is, "It's coming, thank God."

Posted by: frank3373 | December 24, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

The lady was talking about McCain and insurance. No one has taken more money from the big insurance than the Clintons. Insurance companies are the most evil there is. The change people wanted was to take away Ins. anti trust "waviers" where they get off the illegal activites and other businesses are hauled into Court. And the new bill while accepting pre-existing conditions on the front received permission in an amendment to DENY care to any patient really sick and old. This is exactly the same thing; but these Democrats/Obama think you voters are too stupid to catch it. it is called Lawyers talk. I'm so sorry the news media did not get the truth out; now all the people will pay and none of the Ins. Co.;Corporate or Gov. will. That is NOT what the US is suppose to be. Our Constitution protects us from this; but the judges/Congress are not upholding thier oath to uphold the Consitution; so I guess we will have ins. deciding who will die/ the old people and the sick. So sad this is in the US. It is the media's fault for not providing the truth.

Posted by: wisestcat | December 24, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is such a crook. He has been paid over $9 million in contributions from the health care industry, he has taxpayer paid health insurance, and he has the nerve to tell us not to reform the health care industry. I guess he's worried that his paychecks from the health care industry might dry up if their profits are lower.

Posted by: clairevb | December 24, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at, a nice and free place for Younger Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Posted by: cougarpreycoming | December 24, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has had government provided medical care all of his life. He is the son of a military officer; he attended the U.S. Naval Academy; he was a military officer; he is a retired military officer who sustained a disability during his service; he receives Medicare; he was provided medical care as a Congressman; he is being provided medical care as a Senator. Thus, he has government medical care from many sources for his entire life.

He represents Arizona, where 19.6 percent of the population does not have medical insurance according to this morning's Post. He is working as hard as he can to continue the denial of medical care to nearly one-in-five of his constituents. I guess he represents only the other 80 percent. He clearly doesn't think others should have the benefits he has had.

Maurene Dowd did a job on McCain in today's New York Times. He deserves what she did to him.

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Posted by: huangzhixian179 | December 24, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

If I can summarize all the posters here so far:

"Where's my Obama Check?"

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | December 24, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

What a petulant and childish sore loser.

McCain loses to Bush after a really nasty and underhanded attack .. he drops to his knees in front of the little git for eight years of devoted service.

McCain loses to Obama in a fair fight ... he turns bitter, volatile, enraged.

Gee, I wonder what the difference could be ...

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 24, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

OK, so why do the good people of Arizona keep electing him?

(In the holiday spirit, of course.)

Posted by: LongTimeObserver | December 24, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Finally, cousin Pookey gets insurance coverage. Sorry, Grandma.

Posted by: horace1 | December 24, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

What does John McCain know about health care? He doesn't know health care, he doesn't know economics, he doesn't know how to vet a running mate, and he certainly doesn't know the rules of war. The first rule of war is if captured - try to escape.

Posted by: racam | December 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear playa_brotha... Have you given any thought .. wait a minute.. Playa_Brotha??? Never mind...

Posted by: stamer1 | December 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a low life piece of garbage. We are all paying for his Iraq war, and he'll spend all our taxpayer money to kill people in Iran. But he won't let poor Americans het health care or a good life. He is a fraud. McCain and his s1ut daughter belong in the dustbin.

Posted by: playa_brotha | December 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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