At last, some refreshingly honest "straight talk" from the McCain campaign. They now readily admit that their health care plan blows wind.
McCain argues that his plan would reduce what Americans spend on healthcare by creating more competition for insurance plans.
But independent analysts have concluded that McCain's plan would prompt younger workers to abandon employer-sponsored plans to find less expensive coverage -- leaving employers with a pool of older, less healthy workers, potentially prompting them to drop coverage completely.
Holtz-Eakin, a senior McCain advisor, was asked about young workers fleeing employer plans. "Why would they leave?" he said. "What they are getting from their employer is way better than what they could get with the credit."
Obama said the remarks proved that the Republican's plan was fatally flawed.
"This is the point I've been making since Sen. McCain unveiled his plan. It took until the last seven days of this election for his campaign to finally admit the truth, but better late than never," Obama said.
The Obama campaign responds (h/t AMERICAblog.com):
This morning, the McCain campaign's top economic policy advisor unleashed an October Surprise of straight talk when he finally admitted that the health insurance people currently get from their employer is 'way better' than the health care they would get if John McCain becomes President. Independent studies have shown that under John McCain's health care plan, at least 20 million Americans will lose the insurance they rely on and be forced to buy health care coverage on the individual market that costs more than $12,000 with a tax credit of just $5,000. Senator McCain has been trying to cover this up for months, but his advisor's brutal honesty today is certainly better late than never, and it should give every American pause about electing a candidate who has proposed such radical and dangerous changes to our health care system," said Obama-Biden Spokesman Bill Burton.
Palin goes off the reservation and here we see McCain campaign insiders are finally openly and honestly talking about their internal problems and the flaws in their plans.
Honesty at last. I guess being on the losing end of a presidential race produces a catharsis of truth as the final verdict approaches.
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