March 17, 2008 1:20PM

McCain Joins Anti‐​Universal Coverage Club

It’s official. From the CBS News story following Sen. John McCain’s appearance on 60 Minutes:

“Senator Clinton says that providing universal healthcare is quote ‘a moral responsibility.’ Do you agree?” [60 Minutes correspondent Scott] Pelley asked.

“Well, I think that’s one of the big differences we have about the role of government. If you think that the government should mandate anything to the American people than besides a safety net, and I don’t view it as a safety net. I view Medicare and Medicaid as a safety net,” McCain said. “But to mandate that all Americans are required to do something then that’s just not within the fundamental philosophy that I have about the role of government in America.”

I think that earns him membership in the club.