Thursday, July 10, 2008
Evasive McCain, Oblivious Fiorina
The AP/Google.com reports that during a campaign stop on Wednesday, McCain avoided answering a question about insurance companies that cover Viagra but not birth control. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina (an ardent McCain supporter), brought up the subject on Monday while advocating for McCain. She said, “There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won't cover birth control medication. Those women would like a choice.” Of course, McCain “forgot” how he voted on the insurance issue, telling a supporter "I don't know enough about it to give you an informed answer because I don't recall the vote. ... I don't usually duck an issue, but I'll try to get back to you."
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan noted that McCain actually voted against a proposal to require insurance companies to cover Viagra and birth control prescriptions. As Keenan pointed out- Fiorina is ignorant of McCain’s consistent anti-choice, anti-women stances. Even McCain seems to be unaware of his voting record. It shouldn’t be too difficult for McCain to recall his consistent anti-choice votes. Perhaps the senator is getting forgetful at the age of 73? Fiorina has previously misspoken about McCain’s policies, like when she said he "has never signed on to efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade." That’s funny, because, again, McCain has been consistently anti-choice and anti-woman in word and deed. Fiorina was at least correct when she mentioned on Monday that “those women would like a choice.” Indeed, women absolutely need insurance plans that cover birth control, but women also have a right to make choices about their own bodies. If Fiorina agrees, she ought to reconsider her support of McCain.