Raising Women’s Voices

Election 2008 | Vice Presidential Debate Includes References to Health Care

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 9, 2008

“[Oct 03, 2008]

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.) and Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday during a debate at Washington University in St. Louis discussed health care and other proposals offered by Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Washington Post reports.

During the debate, moderated by Gwen Ifill of PBS, Biden said, “John McCain — and he’s a good man — but John McCain thought the answer is that tried-and-true Republican response: deregulate, deregulate,” adding, “He wants to do for the health-care industry — deregulate it and let the free market move — like he did for the banking industry” (Barnes/Eilperin, Washington Post, 10/3). According to Biden, under the McCain health care proposal, “20 million of you are going to be dropped” from employer-sponsored health insurance (Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/2).

Palin said that McCain has a “good health care plan,” which includes “smart” and “budget neutral” refundable tax credits. In reference to the tax credits, Palin said, “That doesn’t cost the government anything, as opposed to Barack Obama’s plan to mandate health care coverage and have a universal, government-run program. … I don’t think it’s going to be real pleasing for Americans to consider health care being taken over by the feds” (Dallas Morning News, 10/3). …”

For the full report: http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/health2008dr.cfm?DR_ID=54803

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