Sen. John McCain's seeming disregard for credibility and integrity in his zealous bid to win the Oval Office at any cost has sunk to a new low, with his presidential campaign caught telling yet another mistruth.
No, we're not referring to the McCain campaign's claim that his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, has visited the troops in Iraq when she hasn't.
Or Palin's attempt to whitewash her record on the infamous $223 million "bridge to nowhere" project, which she supported before she opposed it.
And we’re not even talking about McCain’s own belated admission this week that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama wasn’t referring to Palin when he recently mentioned “putting lipstick on a pig” in a swipe at McCain’s policies. Nevermind that McCain’s campaign put out a TV commercial stating that Obama was insulting Palin, trying to manufacture outrage among the GOP base.
No, this lie is much more important — one involving a substantive policy issue that affects tens of millions of American citizens.
McCain’s top domestic policy adviser recently said McCain’s healthcare proposal would “put 25 to 30 million individuals out of the ranks of the uninsured, into the ranks of the insured.” Trouble is, that’s just not so.
In fact, it ultimately would leave more people uninsured, according to a panel of health economists.
A report over on The Caucus, The New York Times’ political blog, has all the sordid details about the panel’s analysis of McCain’s proposal. The upshot: The number of uninsured Americans would increase by 5 million after five years, the panel predicts.
About 45 million U.S. citizens are uninsured, the Census Bureau states.
The United States and South Africa are the only two developed nations in the world that don’t provide healthcare to all of its citizens, as several books have pointed out.
— Kevin Osborne