The View’s Meghan McCain Flips Out After Co-Hosts Challenge Her on Healthcare As a Human Right: 'It Makes Me Seem Compassionless!’

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain on Thursday once again attacked socialism, following a heated debate last week during which she described the ideology as “petrifying.”


The panel was discussing Barack Obama’s recent trip to a Washington, D.C., bakery alongside Joe Biden, who is reportedly mulling a run for president in 2020. Obama on Wednesday also released a list of 81 midterm candidates which the hosts noted did not include rising democratic socialist star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Maybe he's not ready to give support to the socialist wing yet,” McCain suggested. “… Joe Biden is a big person that people are talking about running for president. He's not a socialist. He’s not in that vein at all. I would debate he's a hell of a lot more electable than anyone who is.”

“The reality of socialism in this country is one that we don't really discuss much of,” Whoopi Goldberg later said. “And as people are now starting to emerge, I want to know more about what you're running against. I don't want you coming in and running on a platform you don't believe in. I want you to be who you are, because I'm going to vote for you who you are. I’m gonna vote for what you say you want to see done.”

Sunny Hostin said while she was “concerned” about what socialism would look like in the United States, after speaking with Ocasio-Cortez, she found the democratic socialist platform palatable.

“Her platform sounded kind of main stream,” Hostin said. “Medicare for all. Universal jobs guarantee. Fully funded public schools. Paid family and sick leave. Housing as a human right. Justice system reform. That doesn't seem so out there.”

“She keeps completely biffing,” McCain argued. “…[Ocasio-Cortez] can't explain how we're going to pay for it.”

“Everybody wants health care,” she continued. “Everyone, if we had the means to it. By the way, discussing socialism on the show triggers everybody in the world, me being against it.”

McCain went on to claim that Medicare for all “would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years,” insisting “if everyone is for it, you have to pay the 7 percent or 80 [percent in taxes that they're proposing the.”

“I don't know if you have everything right there, Meghan,” Joy Behar replied as McCain insisted those are “the stats.”

“A lot of countries have similar tax rates that we have and they're able to do it there,” Behar offered.

“Medicare for all, most people do agree with,” Hostin said as McCain made it clear she doesn’t agree with it. “Universal jobs.”

“Do you believe health care is a privilege of some sort or is it a guarantee?” Behar pressed.

“I believe there's a reason that people in Canada come to this country to get better health care,” McCain said. “In Arizona, we call them snow birds, because the quality is better. No one explains how the quality would ultimately suffer. Do I want people not to have health care when they're sick? Or god forbid when they have brain cancer? I’m the first person to admit my position exponentially shifted when my father got sick.  No one can explain how we'll pay for it.”

“I think health care is human right,” Hostin replied. “It’s a human right.”

“We're having a debate right now,” McCain shot back. “And I think a problem with this is, don't paint me out to be—it’s very complicated on this show. I'm just trying to talk about the realities of what it's going to cost. It's not that my heart doesn't open. I just admitted on national television that my perspective changed after my father got sick. Don’t sit here and say I believe in all these things because it makes me seem compassion-less. I'm not. I’m realistic about what it costs.”

Watch below:

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.