Wednesday, April 30, 2008

John McCain's Healthcare

John McCain opposes government-run healthcare. But as Ezra Klein points out in The American Prospect, McCain has been the beneficiary of government-run healthcare his entire life:
Born the son of a Navy admiral, he was cared for by Navy physicians during his childhood. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the United States Naval Academy, and the military's care continued until he retired from the service in 1981. In 1982, he won a seat in Congress, ushering him into the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, and in 2001, he qualified for Medicare. When he says, "we have the highest quality of health care in the world in America," he is speaking as a man who has enjoyed a lifetime of government-run care.

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