Health care plans: Obama vs. McCain

: Give consumers more choices by providing more access to insurance
plans in other states. Tax workers on the value of their job-based health
insurance to try to offer more equality between people who get coverage
through their jobs and people who buy their own. Workers now get health
benefits tax-free, but people who buy their own insurance outside work don’t
get a similar tax break.
: Taxes on insurance benefits would be offset by a refundable
tax credit: $5,000 for families and $2,500 for single people. At first,
those credits are expected to cover the additional taxes for workers in
most tax brackets. Over time, rising insurance costs could outstrip the
credit.
: Employers would not be required to contribute
to workers’ health care coverage. Employers would still have the option
of writing off the cost of providing health insurance benefits.

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