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State Stats: Pennsylvania

By B. Furnas  

"State Stats: Pennsylvania"

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Here is a by-the-numbers examination of what the McCain-Palin agenda would mean for the people of Pennsylvania.

7 million people in Pennsylvania, including approximately 2.7 million women, have employer-based health insurance and are at risk of losing it under John McCain’s plan. [Source: CAPAF 1, 2]

2.5 million people in Pennsylvania, including around 1.4 million women, with pre-existing conditions, currently covered by their employer, would find it particularly expensive or even impossible to get coverage under John McCain’s plan. [Source: CAPAF 1, 2]

–A Pennsylvania couple making $60,000 a year will see their taxes go up by $1,200 by 2013 under John McCain’s health plan. [Source: CAPAF]

–The average Pennsylvania worker has seen their real wages increase only $287 since 2000 under the economic policies of George W. Bush — policies that McCain would continue. From 1992 to 1999 real median family income rose $8,100 in the Northeast and $12,000 in the Midwest. (Pennsylvania-only data unavailable.) [Source: Census 1,2]

–Pennsylvania taxpayers will spend $1.5 billion on subsidies for big oil and gas companies under John McCain over the next five years. [Source: CAPAF]

–Pennsylvania taxpayers are paying approximately $390 million a month for the war in Iraq. [CAPAF analysis of CACN]

–Since 2003, Pennsylvania taxpayers have paid $26 billion for the Iraq war. [CAPAF analysis of CACN]