Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Chris Mann
Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby: McCain's Rx for Healthcare is Spot-On

“THE CHOICE you'll have," said Barack Obama during last week's debate, as he told voters what to expect if John McCain's health-insurance proposal becomes law, "is having your employer no longer provide you healthcare.

"Don't take my word for it," he added. "The US Chamber of Commerce, which generally doesn't support a lot of Democrats, said that this plan could lead to the unraveling of the employer-based healthcare system."

If only.”Senator Obama is mongering Senator McCain's Healthcare proposal as something Americans should fear instead of the solution Americans need. Jacoby's summaryized point: We don't expect our auto insurance to cover oil changes and flat tires--that would make auto insurance exorbitantly expensive.

Well, surprise--that's how unique circumstances in World War II prompted employers and employees to treat health care insurance, and now we're addicted to a system that traps people in high healthcare insurance costs. A key flank of health care reform must include detaching health care insurance from employment.

Read more for this excellent column on how John McCain's health care proposal can help separate healthcare from employment status and enable Americans with more mobility without fear of losing or "lapsing" coverage. Not only does Jacoby help explain McCain's proposal, but his column doubles as a good primer on the historic nature of our health care mess.

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