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?