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McCain Struggling Today to Justify Radical Health Plan

In my recent video posted on the Pulse, I criticized John McCain's health plan (and other similar plans like Richard Burr's) as radical and dangerous. Why? They throw people onto the open market where, if you are young and healthy you can buy coverage but, if you are older or sicker, prices skyrocket. McCain is opposed to preventing insurance companies from charging more because of age or pre-existing conditions. He was called on this silly idea most effectively by Elizabeth Edwards who recently pointed out that with both she and McCain's history of cancer, there is no way they could buy affordable coverage on the individual market.

Now McCain is backpedaling with vague assurances that people who are older or sicker will be able to buy coverage through some sort of state-funded "high risk pools". Surprise, surprise. Let the health insurance industry insure the young and healthy – and make gobs of money – and push off those of us who cost more into expensive pools subsidized by the state. What a joke – and the insurance company execs are laughing all the way to the bank. McCain can't defend his plan because it won't work. I can't wait to see him debate Obama or Clinton on this – he won't have a chance.

2 Comments


  1. Rob Schofield

    April 30, 2008 at 8:29 am

    This really gets to the crux of the debate. The market fundamentalists (whose platitudes McCain seems happy/willing to mouth — even if he doesn’t fully believe or understand them) can’t see (or acknowledge) the fact that we’re all in this thing together. Health care is a necessity of life that cannot be delivered effectively and efficiently to all via the “wild, wild west” model of an unfettered market. The temptation to make obscene profits is too great and the consequences of such action are, in the long run, simply unacceptable to a civilized society.

  2. Adam Searing

    April 30, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Another interesting thing – McCain’s plan, because it dismantles the current employer system, is far more radical than the Clinton/Obama proposals. This is like Bush trying to dismantle the Social Security system with private accounts – people aren’t going to stand for it.

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