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Obama health plan outperforms McCain plan in coverage and efficiency

My EPI colleagues have analyzed the Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the Obama and McCain’s health are plans. Main points below…

Obama health plan outperforms McCain plan in coverage and efficiency

  • Efficiency. Over the 10-year period analyzed by the TPC, Senator Obama’s plan provides far greater “bang-for-the-buck,” spending far less per capita for its coverage of the uninsured population (see Figure A below).
  • Cost. The costs of the plans over the 10-year period are in the same ballpark: the Obama plan costs roughly $1.6 trillion, while the McCain plan costs $1.3 trillion (the Obama plan spends roughly 20% more than McCain’s) (see Figure B).
  • Coverage. The Obama plan makes a much bigger dent in covering the uninsured population. On average over the 10-year period, the Obama plan covers over 47% of the forecasted uninsured population, while the McCain plan covers less than 5% (see Figure C).

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