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John McCain On Health Care, In His Own Words: Full of Shit Once Again

Did you know that if someone doesn’t pay for their own health insurance, they won’t exercise personal responsibility?  S’true.  Just ask John McCain.  Probably why he called for SCHIP to be defeated — those damn kids would instantly turn into insurance cheats.

And then there’s the blather about his $5000 tax rebate — for a policy that will cost about $12,680 for a family of four.  

Inspirational.

The New York Times had a comparison of the Obama and McCain  health care plans today, and had this to say:

Despite all the Republican warnings about high-spending Democrats, McCain’s plan could be a lot more expensive than Mr. Obama’s, at least in the early years, and possibly in the long term. This is because the generous tax credits would drain federal revenues faster than the tax on employer policies would replenish them.

The Tax Policy Center estimates that the McCain plan would cost the federal government $1.3 trillion over 10 years, and the Obama plan $1.6 trillion. Using different assumptions, the Lewin Group, a consulting firm, estimates that the McCain plan would increase federal spending by $2.05 trillion over 10 years, compared with $1.17 trillion for the Obama package. 

You have to try hard to be that wrong.

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John McCain On Health Care, In His Own Words: Full of Shit Once Again

Did you know that if someone doesn’t pay for their own health insurance, they won’t exercise personal responsibility?  S’true.  Just ask John McCain.  Probably why he called for SCHIP to be defeated — those damn kids would instantly turn into insurance cheats.

And then there’s the blather about his $5000 tax rebate — for a policy that will cost about $12,680 for a family of four.  

Inspirational.

The New York Times had a comparison of the Obama and McCain  health care plans today, and had this to say:

Despite all the Republican warnings about high-spending Democrats, McCain’s plan could be a lot more expensive than Mr. Obama’s, at least in the early years, and possibly in the long term. This is because the generous tax credits would drain federal revenues faster than the tax on employer policies would replenish them.

The Tax Policy Center estimates that the McCain plan would cost the federal government $1.3 trillion over 10 years, and the Obama plan $1.6 trillion. Using different assumptions, the Lewin Group, a consulting firm, estimates that the McCain plan would increase federal spending by $2.05 trillion over 10 years, compared with $1.17 trillion for the Obama package. 

You have to try hard to be that wrong.

(video by Health Care For America)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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