I just finished watching Obama’s half-hour speech on health care delivered this past weekend in Virginia. (I’ve tried to embed, but if that doesn’t work, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9PIN03qGjg)
What struck me about his speech is two things about how he framed the McCain plan. First, there’s the anticipated connection to higher income taxes — because McCain’s plan would essentially tax as income the amount employers pay for your health care.
But beyond that, Obama also links to that the notion that it’ll be harder to keep the insurance that you have already. The idea that people would lose what they have scares the bejeezus out of them. But it’s true. McCain’s plan would be a disincentive for employers and some employees to take up employer-sponsored healthcare. The result is as many as 20 million Americans who currently have insurance would lose it.