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McCain’s health care plan…”hang on, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride”

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I reviewed McCain’s health care plan carefully, from exactly what he said on the campaign trail. But the analysis of Paul Krugman in the Oct 5 issue of the NY Times states the case against McCain’s plan far more eloquently than I have been able to.

To quote from Paul Krugman of Harvard:

And in the process of comforting the comfortable while afflicting the afflicted, the McCain plan would also lead to a huge, expensive increase in bureaucracy: insurers selling individual health plans spend 29 percent of the premiums they receive on administration, largely because they employ so many people to screen applicants. This compares with costs of 12 percent for group plans and just 3 percent for Medicare.

In short, the McCain plan makes no sense at all, unless you have faith that the magic of the marketplace can solve all problems. And Mr. McCain does: a much-quoted article published under his name declares that “Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.”

I agree: the McCain plan would do for health care what deregulation has done for banking. And I’m terrified.

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Written by Valerie Curl

October 9, 2008 at 2:08 AM

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