So glad he decided to chime in:
Wading into the debate on a national health care plan, Senator John McCain said on Sunday that one way for Democrats and Republicans to reach a compromise would be for President Obama to abandon a government-run insurance program for the nation’s 49 million uninsured.
Interviewed on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Mr. McCain, the Arizona Republican and 2008 presidential candidate, said that a public plan would cause many Americans to lose their private health insurance. Although he was not asked to explain, opponents of a government-run plan have previously warned that many employers would scuttle private insurance for their workers if such a program were enacted.
“Certainly if you have it, you shouldn’t have to lose it,” Mr. McCain said of private insurance. “But under the president’s plan, you would have to lose it in my view because of the government option. I believe that one of the fundamentals for any agreement would be that the president abandon the government option.”
For those of you keeping track, John McCain had his health care taken care of by the government as a Navy brat. He then had his health care taken care of by the government when he was in Annapolis and his lengthy career in the Navy. He has had free health care his entire time in politics. But for a few years when he was a POW, and maybe some other years in between his Navy days and his first run for office, John McCain has had government funded health care as an option his entire life. His skin cancer was discovered at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Good enough for me, but not good enough for thee, I suppose.
Then again, there is nothing stopping you all from marrying a beer heiress, either.