Monday, 27 October 2008

McCain voted against the establishment of Army's Breast Cancer Research Program

October, the Breast Cancer Awareness month once again emphasizes the importance of early screening. Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer after lung cancer in the world. Despite that, Mc Cain still finds it an extreme to protect women's health and many more women's rights...which I will continue to blog about in these few days.

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The table below shows the difference between Obama and Mc Cain's policy on Breast cancer and healthcare. (Source:



Breast Cancer Funding

  • Biden, together with Congressional majority, votes for transfer of money (for first time) from Defense Appropriation to the Army’s Breast Cancer Research Program. (1991)

Breast Cancer Funding

  • McCain votes NO on the initiation of the Army’s Breast Cancer Research Program. Opposed to using military funds for breast cancer research.
Importance: This action was the result of National Breast Cancer Coalition lobbying efforts. Feminist Majority was part of the Coalition. Until this action, breast cancer research received minimal earmarked funds although the disease was afflicting 1 in 8 women. Eventually this program resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars going to breast cancer research.

General Funding for Cancer Research

  • Obama/Biden’s plan doubles federal funding for cancer research within 5 years; increases access to clinical trials for cancer patients; and ends discrimination by insurance companies against those who previously had cancer.

General Funding for Cancer Research

  • McCain’s plan is vague in details for cancer programs. He proposes no new cancer initiatives, except for stop smoking programs.

Health Care Accessibility

  • Obama/Biden view health care as a right.

  • Plans to expand access to health insurance coverage by expanding children’s state/federal insurance program, by expanding Medicaid.

  • Plans to establish a new National Health Plan, similar to a program for members of Congress, open to everyone – no exclusion for pre-existing illnesses or conditions.

Health Care Accessibility

  • McCain/Palin view health care as individual responsibility.

  • Plans to give tax credit up to $2500 for an individual and $5000 for a family for purchase of insurance. Falls short of need. Typical family policy costs in excess of $12,000 per year.

  • Plans to tax employee for employer provided insurance benefits as income.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

  • Voted for SCHIP reauthorization, which expanded coverage to reach 3.8 million more children.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

  • McCain voted against SCHIP reauthorization. Supported Bush veto of SCHIP.

  • Rated worst Senator by Children’s Defense Action Council with a 10% rating in 2007.


State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

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