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The McCain Health Plan Would Result In The Dismantling Of The Coverage That Protects Most American Families
The McCain health plan would treat employer-paid health benefits as income that employees would have to pay taxes on. This would result in 20 million Americans who have employment-based health insurance losing it, according to study released today by scholars at Columbia, Harvard, Purdue and Michigan universities. Their findings are being published on the Web site of their policy journal, Health Affairs. The net effect of the plan, the study said, “almost certainly will be to increase family costs for medical care.”
 grokit  16 Sep 2008 21:58
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According to the study: “The McCain plan will force millions of Americans into the weakest segment of the private insurance system — the nongroup market — where cost-sharing is high, covered services are limited and people will lose access to benefits they have now.

"The whole idea of the McCain plan is to get families out of employer-paid health coverage and into the health insurance marketplace, where naked competition is supposed to take care of all ills. (We’re seeing in the Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch fiascos just how well the unfettered marketplace has been working.)

"This entire McCain health insurance transformation is right out of the right-wing Republicans’ ideological playbook: Fewer regulations; let the market decide; and send unsophisticated consumers into the crucible alone."
 
 grokit  16 Sep 2008 22:03
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20 million people? What an amazingly round number. Not 17-18 million people. Not 21 million people. That in itself kinda gives me doubts.

Almost certainly will be to increase family costs for medical care" Imagine that. Well, I'll tell you what, we will just let our grand kids continue to pay those costs for those families.
 
 Bugman  17 Sep 2008 00:09
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 I know you can do better than that, Bugman!
by  grokit
 17 Sep 2008 09:14
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