Monday, September 08, 2008

Why McCain's Healthcare Plan is better

I happened to have a conversation with some physicians about the difference between McCain-Palin's approach to Healthcare reform and Obama-Biden's approach.

I found that they did not understand why providing tax credits (McCain-Palin) is more efficient than having the federal government involved.

Here is a excerpt Jason Furman, OBAMA's economic adviser, praising McCain-Palin's plan!

The most promising way to move forward in all three dimensions – coverage, cost, and
long-run fiscal situation – is to replace the employer exclusion with a tax credit, a step that has been proposed many times before (e.g., Butler 1991 and Pauly and Hoff 2002). Firms would still be allowed to deduct the cost of their contributions to employee premiums, just as they can deduct wages and other expenses today for the purpose of calculating taxable income. But workers would now have to include employer contributions to health insurance in their earnings for the purpose of calculating taxes (precisely which taxes is discussed below). In exchange for, workers who purchased qualifying insurance would get a refundable tax credit. Qualifying insurance would be along the lines proposed by the President in his standard deduction for health insurance, including limits on out-of-pocket payments, coverage of a general range of medical care, and guaranteed renewability by the provider (Treasury 2008)."

This is a pretty fair description of the McCain health care plan. The funny thing is, this is not be found in McCain campaign literature or on his senate website, but rather in a paper written by Jason Furman, Obama's Economic Policy Director, who now is arguing about the perils of this very plan.

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