Lewin Group Economist Available to Comment on McCain and Obama Health Policies - Cost and Coverage Compared

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 General News J E 4
Lewin Group healthcare economist John Sheils is available to comment on the two major presidential candidates' health care reform plans in connection with the candidates' debate on Wednesday, October 15. The Lewin Group released an independent comparative analysis of the proposed McCain and Obama health care reform plans on October 8. The firm is nationally known for its work in designing and evaluating health care system reform proposals. The report is posted on The Lewin Group Web site at

Sheils is a senior vice president at the Lewin Group. He used the Lewin Group Health Benefits Simulation Model (HBSM) to estimate the impact of the two health reform models on coverage and expenditures for employers, governments and households. A detailed description of the HBSM is available on the Lewin website at

Key study findings include:

1) Lewin projects that by 2010, there will be 48.9 million people without health insurance under current law. The McCain health plan would reduce the number of uninsured by 21.1 million people while the Obama plan would reduce the number of uninsured by 26.6 million people.

2) Both plans result in large, new public costs for the federal government. The McCain plan would cost $2.05 trillion over the 2010 through 2019 period. The Obama plan would result in a net federal cost of $1.17 trillion. Neither candidate provides specifics on how to fund this net federal cost.

The Lewin analysis makes no judgment as to which candidate's plan is better. Sheils is available to discuss the effects of each plan provision.

About The Lewin Group

The Lewin Group is a premier national health care and human services consulting firm with more than 35 years' experience finding answers and solving problems for leading organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. With its industry experience and knowledge, The Lewin Group provides its clients with high-quality products and insightful support to help them maximize the delivery of programs and services that make a difference in the lives of their constituents. For more information on The Lewin Group, visit

CONTACT: Pat McMurray for The Lewin Group, +1-202-429-6889, or Gregory Butera of The Lewin Group, +1-703-269-5548 (office), +1-202-345-3681 (cell),,

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 14/

SOURCE The Lewin Group


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