The Washington Post's Shear previews McCain's health care speech today. "In Sen. John McCain's perfect health care world, individuals would each seek the ideal health insurance policy in a competitive marketplace that would drive down premiums even as prevention and healthier living reduces the cost of care. That's the vision McCain will outline Tuesday morning as he launches a week-long discussion of health care and his efforts to improve quality and increase access. The vision is not new -- he's been talking about it for months -- but aides promised a few more details as McCain seeks an alternative to the plans being offered by Democrats."
"The centerpiece of McCain's plan remains a $5,000 tax credit that individuals could use to search out the best insurance for their needs. McCain economic adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin told reporters in a briefing Monday evening that the tax credit would allow some people to leave their employer-sponsored plan and do better on their own."
USA Today has more: "McCain's plan aims at eliminating 'the bias toward employer-sponsored health insurance' by offering tax credits for individual plans, according to his campaign website. The credits would be $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families. Those amounts would be subtracted from the final tax bill. Families, the campaign says, should be able to buy nationwide policies that can move from state to state."
"The Bush administration has proposed health care tax deductions of $7,500 for individuals and $15,000 for families. Such write-offs have limited value because average family health care plans cost about $12,000 a year, says Ken Thorpe, a health policy professor at Emory University in Atlanta. Also, many insurers won't accept individuals with pre-existing medical problems, he says.
McCain's campaign unveils a 60-second health-care ad that begins airing today in Iowa only.
McCain's got a major joint fundraiser with the RNC planned for next week with a $4 million goal.
The New York Times' Rutenberg looks at the DNC attack ad on McCain.
The RNC, though, is demanding that the cable news channels yank the ad.