Thursday’s episode of “The View” had the table return to the conversation about socialist policies some candidates are advocating. After last week’s eruption, co-host Meghan McCain conceded that her perspective changed in wake of her father’s battle with brain cancer. Still, she took a swipe at Canadian healthcare and neighbors to the north revolted.
Discussing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, McCain noted that like Bernie Sanders, she hears these demands of “healthcare for all” without understanding of ways that people could pay for it.
“I know discussing socialism on the show triggers everyone in the world that I’m against it,” McCain said, referring to the backlash. “I get people are for it. I’m 100 percent against it. Bernie Sanders says Medicare for all would cost $32.6 trillion over the next 10 years. I believe at a certain point, explain how we’re going to pay for it. If everyone is for it, you have to pay the 70 percent or 80 percent taxes they’re proposing.”
Co-host Joy Behar explained that many countries make health care a right and they have similar tax rates as the United States.
“Small European countries,” McCain said.
“Do you believe health care is a privilege of some sort or is it a guarantee?” Behar asked.
“I believe there’s a reason that people in Canada come to this country to get better health care,” McCain said. The comment sparked a backlash from Canadians on Twitter, who claimed they know of no one who comes to the United States seeking healthcare. McCain argued the quality is better in the U.S.
Meghan McCain talked about Canadians coming here for health care. I lived with them in Sun Lakes AZ. They could not wait to get back to Canada for their health care. #meghanuninformed
— Elaine LaMagna (@eldropshot1) August 2, 2018
The cost of healthcare in US is 3.2 trillion $, cost in Canada 240 billion. Americans are paying more for less coverage. People are going bankrupt trying to get healthcare and guess what, if someone is I’ll at the hospital it, still costs to treat them even if they can’t pay.
— LISA (@Llove2chat) August 2, 2018
@MeghanMcCain come to Canada and witness our Health Care. I work for McGill University in Montreal and we are baffled at how wrong you are about Health Care. I have several American friends who visited Canada and wished they had it.
— Hiio Kirby (@hiioman) August 2, 2018
@TheView @MeghanMcCain Canadians who head south #Snowbirds do so to escape winter. The 2% who seek healthcare in US may feel a second opinion might extend their lives. Canada’s healthcare, which is provincial not federal is a great success. A healthy population makes sense. 🇨🇦
— Julie McLeod (@Julie_A_McLeod) August 2, 2018
Exactly! @MeghanMcCain doesn’t even know what Snow Birds are. Retired Canadians live in southern states during Canadian winter FOR THE WEATHER. They return to Canada for the health care.
— Barb Janicek (@bigbadlibrarian) August 2, 2018
@MeghanMcCain @TheView @JoyBehar fyi…approximately 45,000 Canadians go to the U S. each year for medical procedures while 1.5 millions Americans go to other countries for medical procedures…so don’t dis Canada’s medical system.
— Rimas Ulba (@rulba44) August 2, 2018
Please be careful making statements re: #CDNs seeking #medical #Rx as a “norm” in #USA @MeghanMcCain @TheView , this is NOT the norm. While it’s not perfect, We have excellent quality of #medicine in #Canada & it’s free 🇨🇦 #keepitreal Plus #legal coast to coast #cannabis soon pic.twitter.com/HWQtn2V8SK
— RESEARCH ECHO (@research_echo) August 2, 2018
Hey @TheView read this story about health care in Canada and look at the tweets. We have great health care and our taxes are not 70 or 80 percent. @MeghanMcCain @JoyVBehar @MeghanMcCain https://t.co/cxwV9BE2to
— Lorraine Hjalte (@LorraineHjalte) August 2, 2018
She said that her perspective of healthcare changed after her father got brain cancer.
“I think healthcare is a human right. It’s a human right,” co-host Sunny Hostin said
“We’re having a debate right now,” McCain said as the audience applauded Hostin’s statement. “I think a problem with this is, don’t paint me out to be — it’s very complicated on this show. I’m just trying to talk about the realities of what it’s going to cost. It’s not that my heart doesn’t open. I just admitted on national television that my perspective changed after my father got sick. Don’t say I believe in all these things. It’s making me seem noncompassionate. I’m not.”
Watch the exchange below:
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