Barack Obama called healthcare a right last night while his Republican opponent called it a responsibility, but both candidates called it a top priority if elected to the White House.
The topic competed with broader concerns over the economy and national defense to get heard during the second of three debates between Democratic presidential hopeful Obama and his Republican opponent, John McCain.
Obama, who said that the healthcare system is broken and that it is bad not only for families, but its making our businesses less competitive, added that he would make healthcare reform his No. 2 priority if electedbehind energy independence. McCain said he would tackle it immediately and simultaneously with a host of other pressing issues.
We can attack healthcare and energy at the same time, McCain said. Were not rifle shots here. Were Americans. Im not going to tell the person without health insurance, Im sorry, youre going to have to wait.
The answer was in response to a question by debate moderator Tom Brokaw, who asked the candidates to list, in order, their top priorities: healthcare, entitlement reform or energy. (For a longer version of this story, please click here.) -- by Matthew DoBias