In an answer to a questionnaire about health care policy, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) condemned “one-size-fits-all” health care reform:
I believe that all Americans should have access to quality and affordable health care of their choice, including keeping their current coverage. We can build a health care system that is more responsive to our needs and is delivered to more people at lower cost and higher quality. The “solution” isn’t a one-size-fits-all-big government takeover of health care.
We “can build a health care system that is more responsive to our needs” — but McCain’s health care plan doesn’t even come close. Under McCain’s proposal, the sick and the not-yet sick, the poor and the wealthy would all receive a one-size-fits-all tax credit, regardless of their health history or income status.
Warren Buffet would collect the same $5,000 as his secretary. A chronically ill older patient, who requires more care or more expensive care, would obtain the same amount for health care as a younger and healthier American.
In fact, senior McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin regularly brags about the “equalizing effects” of McCain’s reforms:
This is actually not a plan that relies on the individual market, it relies on the traditional source of health insurance, which is employers. And it would buttress that by taking the traditional subsidy, that exclusion from tax, for private health insurance and spreading it more fairly. Instead of only getting it in the employer market, you would get it regardless of your source of insurance. And you get the same amount whether you’re rich or poor, $5,000 for every working family.
Only a real maverick can get away with both condemning and promoting “one-size-fits-all” reforms.