McCain Needs to Clarify His Health Care Plan Tonight
4:42 PM, Oct 7, 2008 • By GARY ANDRES
As I wrote yesterday, opponents of John McCain are misrepresenting his health care plan. Some do so deliberately, like the Obama ads that only tell half the story, as I argued in my post. Others, I assume, are done out of pure ignorance, like this story by Froma Harrop posted on the Rasmussen Report today. She writes:
The bold sentence is just factually incorrect. McCain's proposal is silent on the "employer deduction." It does not end it!
It does end the employee exclusion, but then offsets the additional taxes the employee owes with a generous tax credit.
One congressional health care expert - who wanted to remain anonymous - adds this little nugget about how it's Obama's proposal that will result in more people losing health coverage.
He adds that one estimate by The Lewin Group projects over 40 million people could lose employer-based coverage under the Obama plan.
McCain's plan is better for the working middle class (because of the tax credit) and will keep more people in employer-based coverage. He needs to hit those two points hard in tonight's debate.