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John McCain Loves Pork (Part 2: Health Care)

We all know John McCain’s health care plan means your on your own. And while he supports spending money on  hospitals in Iraq, he opposes similar projects in the United States. 

McCain Supported Investment In Iraqi Health Care:

Through December 2004, U.S. Tax Dollars Were Helping To Build 14 Hospitals And 41 Clinics In Iraq. According to the Department of Defense, as of December 2004, the United States was working on the construction of 14 hospitals and 41 public health clinics in Iraq. [Department of Defense, 12/3/04]

U.S. Built Maternity And Pediatric Hospital In Erbil, Iraq. As part of the reconstruction in Iraq, the U.S. built “the Erbil Maternity and Pediatric Hospital,” which “was completed and turned over to the Iraqi government” in May 2006. [CNN.com, 4/30/07]

The U.S. Paid Nearly $2 Million For A Baghdad Maternity Hospital.  According to a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, the United States spent $1,986,462 to rehabilitate the Al Alwaiya Maternity Hospitcal in Baghdad, Iraq. [SIGIR Report, 1/8/07]

The U.S. Spent $579, 284 To Construct A Critical Care Unit In Ibn Al Bitar.  According to a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, the United States spent $579,284.70 to design and construct the Ibn Al Bitar Critical Care Unit in Baghdad after it was destroyed by looters after the initial invasion. [SIGIR Report, 9/12/06]

But He Opposed It Here At Home:

  • McCain Voted Against $450,000 For Pediatric Diabetes Research In OK. McCain voted against the Fiscal Year 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, which included $450,000 for the Pediatric Diabetes Research Program at the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. [Conference Report, accessed 4/30/08; H.R. 2673, Vote #3, 1/22/2004]
  • McCain Voted Against $1.2 Million For Pediatric Mobile Unit In TN. McCain voted against the Fiscal Year 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, which included $1,200,000 for a pediatric mobile unit at the Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. [Conference Report, accessed 4/30/08; H.R. 2673, Vote #3, 1/22/2004]
  • McCain Voted Against $167,000 For Pediatric Brain Tumor And Neurological Disease Institute In FL. McCain voted against the Fiscal Year 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, which included $167,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor and Neurological Disease Institute at Miami Children’s Hospital. [Conference Report, accessed 4/30/08; H.R. 2673, Vote #3, 1/22/2004]
  • McCain Voted Against $200,000 For Maternity Facility In MD. McCain voted against the Fiscal Year 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, which included $200,000 to renovate the maternity facility at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • McCain Voted Against $100,000 For Pediatric Center At MA Hospital. McCain voted against the Fiscal Year 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Bill, which included $100,000 for pediatric center renovations and expansion at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts. [Conference Report, accessed 4/30/08; H.R. 2673, Vote #3, 1/22/2004]
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