President George Bush gives his State of The Union speech tonight and he's expected to focus a lot of what he says on domestic policy. One key element is a new health care plan aimed at expanding coverage through tax credits. The idea is to make health care a "free market good."
And the costs?--well that comes from money that might have gone to your care. Diana Furchtgott-Roth is from the Hudson Institute and Karen Davenport is director of health policy at the Center for America Progress. Both appeared on "Squaw Box" to discuss the President's proposal.
Before we get their opinions--here's a breakdown on the Bush proposal. The plan would give families a tax deduction on the first $15,000 in health costs ($7,500 for singles). Anything over the $15K would be taxed as income and that money would go to giving health care coverage to the uninsured (roughly 47 million in the U.S.). The amount "available' to the uninsured would be about $4.5k.
Davenport doesn't like the plan at all and says it won't do much for the uninsured. Basically-- she says it will actually reduce coverage for people who are now paying higher costs for health care. And for businesses--Davenport says the plan could end up reducing benefits they give to workers because of current high costs and subsequent taxes they would pay on after those costs.