Sen. John McCain believes that President Barack Obama must drop his support for a public insurance option before Republicans will consider supporting reform. “I believe that one of the fundamentals for any agreement would be that the president abandon the government option,” McCain told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
McCain went on to say that Sen. Edward Kennedy’s absence from the Senate is damaging prospects for health care reform. McCain said that the Senate would be a “very different place today” if Kennedy were participating.
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Aug. 23, 2009.