Candidates' Health Plans: Healthy Impact?
Critic's Perspective on the Commonwealth Fund Report continued...
Besides criticizing the report's projections of uninsured people, Moffit faults the report for concluding that McCain's proposed tax changes will only have limited effects on boosting the number of insured Americans.
"We have never had a tax policy like this, so there is no historical experience to draw from," he says. "But it is hard to believe that giving this kind of generous tax relief, including refundable tax credits, to vast numbers of people will only result in 2 million more insured."
He adds that the assertion that Obama's plan will be more "affordable, accessible, efficient and higher quality" is not supported by facts.
"Both McCain and Obama are promoting the expanded use of health information technology and disease management care coordination," he says. "These are the kinds of things that will improve the system and there is no debate about them."
Moffit contends that McCain's plan will make health care more portable and give people more options about where they get their heath insurance.
"These days, job lock is a huge problem," he says. "Many, many people stay in jobs they don't like because they don't want to lose their health insurance. Under McCain's plan people won't be punished by the tax code for changing jobs."