I’m reading left-wing critiques of John McCain’s health plan and coming across doozies like this one from the Center for American Progress and Planned Parenthood:
Finally, the McCain plan would result in a greater proportion of health care costs being born by individuals and families. Because policies sold in the individual market typically feature less comprehensive benefits and higher cost-sharing requirements than policies sold in the large-group market, individuals and families who enroll in these plans will find themselves paying a greater share of their overall health care spending.
Wildly wrong. Individuals and families already pay 100 percent of health care costs. They don’t just pay for out-of-pocket spending and the “employee share” of their health-insurance premiums. They also pay for the cost of government spending through higher taxes. And they pay for the “employer contribution” to their health-insurance premiums because employers reduce workers’ wages.
The McCain plan would let individuals and families control a greater proportion of health-care spending – specifically, that “employer contribution,” which averages $9,000 for those with family coverage. For example, see this.
Perhaps that is what the Left fears?