During an appearance on MSNBC today, veteran New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney suggested that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) health care proposal represented an extension of President Bush’s failed health-care reforms:
I think politically the issue that John McCain has to be careful about is that Democrats will be able to use his proposal on health care as another way of presenting him as Bush III because his proposal is in many ways similar to what President Bush has proposed.
Indeed, the Wonk Room has long argued that McCain’s plan, like Bush’s failed initiative, pushes Americans into the individual and insurance market-place and places 158 million Americans who currently receive their health insurance through an employer, in jeopardy. Today, Elizabeth Edwards, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, outlined the dangers of McCain’s approach:
Senator McCain’s never been in the individual market, he doesn’t know how difficult it is, in fact how impossible it is, if you happen to be one of the unlucky Americans who has a preexisting condition. He does, Senator McCain does. I do. Among the people who are employed right now and getting their insurance that way, fifty six million of them do, and they’re going to find it incredibly expensive, if it’s available at all, for those people who have preexisting conditions.
Well, I like what we did in Massachusetts, for Massachusetts…but John McCain has endorsed the plan of letting each state craft their plans to get people insured and to make sure that issues like preexisting condition are covered. We did it in our way.
Fortunately, most Americans support universal health insurance and reject Bush’s and McCain’s radcial health care policies.