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McCain Would Drive Up Health Care Costs for Families, While Benefiting Health Insurance Companies
Date:4/29/2008

Experts Say McCain Health Plan Dismantles Employer-based Health Care

AFL-CIO Announces Mobilization to Educate Millions on Negative Impact

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sen. John McCain's health care plan would dismantle the employer-provided system that covers more than 60 percent of non-elderly Americans and drive up health care costs, according to experts responding to the announcement of his proposal today. An average family could see their health care costs as much as double under the McCain health care plan, according to an analysis by the Campaign for America's Future.

Campaign for America's Future co-director Roger Hickey, one of the leaders of a new coalition of groups working to fix the broken health care system, said that Sen. McCain's plan would tax the health care premiums employers pay for their workers, encouraging most companies to stop providing any coverage. Hickey noted that instead of lowering costs, this would force millions of Americans to buy more expensive coverage with inadequate tax credits, greatly increasing the number of families who can't afford quality care.

"John McCain's plan must've been written by the insurance companies. It leaves them in more control of America's health care system than ever before," said Hickey. "John McCain wants us all to buy insurance not as part of a group - like an employee group or a co-op - that can negotiate for better coverage at lower premiums, but as individuals, at the mercy of the private insurance companies. It would leave millions of people with worse coverage, more chronic health problems and higher levels of health cost-driven bankruptcies."

Most people, even those with good insurance, don't get the health care they need, contributing to rising health costs. Sen. McCain, however, believes that the problem with health care is that Americans have too much insurance and that if consumers pay for it out of their own pockets, they wi
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