Here is a by-the-numbers examination of what the McCain-Palin agenda would mean for the people of Virginia.
—1.6 million people in Virginia, including around 890,000 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 Virginia couple making $60,000 a year will see their taxes go up by $1,000 by 2013 under John McCain’s health plan. [Source: CAPAF]
–The average Virginia worker has seen their real wages increase $3,400 since 2000, some of the fastest income growth in the nation. But from 1992 to 1999 real median family income rose $7,800 across the South. (Virginia-only data unavailable.) [Source: Census 1,2]
–Virginia taxpayers will spend $1.1 billion on subsidies and tax breaks for big oil and gas companies under John McCain over the next five years. [Source: CAPAF]
–Virginia taxpayers are paying approximately $290 million a month for the war in Iraq. [CAPAF analysis of CACN]
–Since 2003, Virginia taxpayers have paid $19 billion for the Iraq war. [CAPAF analysis of CACN]