SEIU: Bush and McCain Stand United Against Fixing Health Care System

May 27, 2008
3:59 PM

David Baron, Earthjustice, (202) 667-4500

Bush and McCain Stand United Against Fixing Health Care System
Both Out of Touch With Problems Facing the More than 800,000 Arizona Residents Without Health Care Coverage
WASHINGTON, DC - May 27 - When President Bush and Senator McCain share a stage tonight at a high-dollar fundraiser in Phoenix, voters will be hard pressed to identify any substantial differences between the two, especially when it comes to their ideas for health care. Bush and McCain both fail to offer real solutions to the problems of working families across the country who struggle to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs.

This includes more than 800,000 residents of McCain’s own Arizona, a whopping 24 percent, that do not have any coverage.

Lori Loher, a lifelong Republican persuaded her family to join her in switching their party registration to Democrat this year to vote for Senator Obama.

“John McCain has been part of the broken system in DC for years. He can’t run from his poor record on health care or hide from his support for Bush’s health care policies,” said Loher. “With families struggling to get by, people without access to health care, and an endless war in Iraq, we need a president who is committed to real change. I’m supporting Barack Obama because he’s the only one who can turn things around and give all families a piece of the American Dream.”

Last week, SEIU released a review of McCain’s disastrous health care proposals. The full report can be downloaded at

SEIU members have been a dominant force in making health care a central issue in this election through strong grassroots activism and an aggressive political effort to hold elected officials accountable in their pledges to provide affordable health care and rebuild the middle class.

The 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union is united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. SEIU members are winning better wages, health care, and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today's global economy.