Fine print

Hidden in McCain’s “budget neutral” health care plan: $1.3 trillion over a decade in Medicare/Medicaid cuts.

Yes, the McCain health care plan is “budget neutral”: by cutting $1.3 trillion over ten years from Medicare and Medicaid.

But don’t worry: it will all come out of reduced fraud, waste, and abuse.

My friends, let me give you some straight talk. This isn’t selling the Brooklyn Bridge. This is selling the Bridge to Nowhere.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: