Presidential Candidate's Health Reform Plans Critiqued

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The latest edition of the journal Health Affairs is out with a look at the health care plans pushed by John McCain and Barack Obama.

Medical economists conclude that while Obama's plan won't do anything to keep health care costs down, McCain's won't do much to reduce the number of uninsured Americans.

According to their projections, McCain's use of tax credits would ultimately lead 20 million Americans to lose health insurance they get through work, while 21 million people would become covered through the individual market.

Obama's plan uses government subsidies to cover millions of Americans now without insurance, but the analysis says that will send costs higher. They say his promises "are unlikely to be sustainable, fiscally or politically."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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