MCCAIN ON HEALTH CARE: IT COULD BE WORSE

It looks increasingly likely that John McCain will be the Republican nominee in the Fall. He’s wrong on drug reimportation, but in general he’s better on health care than Romney.  Michael Tanner sums it up pretty well:

He has offered the best health care reform plan of any of the candidates. While Mitt Romney has embraced the basic tenants of HillaryCare, McCain would change the tax code to equalize the treatment between employer-provided and individually-purchased health insurance.

 And this is an important distinction:

This is a vital step in moving away from our employment-based health care system toward a more consumer-oriented system. And, he would allow the purchase of low-cost insurance across state lines, avoiding regulation and mandates.

This would go a long way toward curing what ails American health care.  Here’s hoping he can beat Billary in the general election.

Comments 5

  1. Scott wrote:

    I think Bob Laszewski does a better analysis of McCain’s healthcare plan.

    http://healthpolicyandmarket.blogspot.com/search/label/McCain%20Health%20Plan%20Analysis

    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 1:03 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    “I think Bob Laszewski does a better analysis of McCain’s healthcare plan.”

    My post was not meant as a detailed analysis. I mainly wanted to use Tanner’s summary as way of showing that McCain is on the right page philisophically.

    As to Laszewski, his “analysis” has the odor of partisanship about it. The tip-off is his suggestion that only “conservatives” will like McCain’s free-market approach.

    That Tanner (a Libertarian) likes it demonstrates that Laszewski is wrong, and hasn’t bothered to see what people are actually saying about McCain’s health care positions.

    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 1:42 pm
  3. Matt Horn wrote:

    I don’t think Bob is partisan, he just looks at things with a distinctly DC vantage.

    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 2:26 pm
  4. Catron wrote:

    “I don’t think Bob is partisan.”

    He’s not a shrill, blind-to-reason partisan. But he leans pretty consistently in the faux-progressive direction.

    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 3:05 pm
  5. Matt Horn wrote:

    I would probably agree with you there.

    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 3:31 pm

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