Consider two points:
- McCain’s health insurance proposal (.pdf) is aimed at detaching workers’ insurance from their employers to drive down rising costs (h/t: Ezra Klein).
- One of the biggest factors behind wage stagnation is that employers devote disproportionate sums of money to employee health insurance to cover rising costs.
Given these facts, shouldn’t McCain argue that his healthcare plan kills two birds with one stone? If encouraging people to purchase health insurance on the open market drives down costs, it should also allow employers to use the money they would otherwise be spending on employee health insurance policies to increase wages.
Whether this would actually happen is another question entirely, but it does make a certain amount of sense. McCain should give this line a shot on the stump.