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