Analysis of McCain Health Plan Tries Too Hard

In a letter to the editor of the journal Health Affairs, I respond to a recent critique of John McCain’s health-care reform plan by Thomas Buchmueller, Sherry A. Glied, Anne Royalty, and Katherine Swartz.  An excerpt:

The McCain plan would eliminate forced subsidies: of the sick by the healthy (via employer-sponsored insurance and community rating) and of particular providers by unwilling consumers (mandates for chiropractic coverage, etc.).  Buchmueller et al. would have us believe that if we stop robbing Peter to pay Paul, not even Peter would benefit.  A more balanced critique might have been more persuasive.

Read the entire letter here.