John McCain's Health Care Flim Flam

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Senator McCain, the temperature of your pants has exceeded the manufacturer's recommended conditions.

Senator John McCain’s top domestic policy adviser, former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, recently said in a conference call with reporters that Mr. McCain’s health care proposal would ‘put 25 to 30 million individuals out of the ranks of the uninsured, into the ranks of the insured.’ In an article released Tuesday, a panel of prominent health economists concludes that Mr. Holtz-Eakin’s projection is off by, well, 25 to 30 million.

The article, published in the journal Health Affairs, argues that ‘initially there would be no real change in the number of people covered as a result of the McCain plan.’