Posted by: jessicasmall | August 10, 2007

On the Campaign Trail

What do our Presidential candidates propose for solving our nation’s health care dilemma?  I’m sure you won’t be surprised at the variety of their opinions on this important concern.

Hillary Clinton is very vocal about health care. She claims her failed battle to create a new health care system in 1993 gives her the experience and credibility to try it again.  Under John Edwards’ plan families without insurance will get coverage at an affordable price, families with insurance will pay less and get more security and choices, and businesses and other employers will find it less expensive and easier to insure their workers.
On his website Barack Obama advocates for providing affordable, comprehensive and portable health coverage for every American; he proposes modernizing the nation’s health care system to contain spiraling health care costs and improve the quality of patient care.
On the Republican side, Mitt Romney states: ”The health of our nation can be improved by extending health insurance to all Americans, not through a government program or new taxes, but through market reforms.”  And John McCain has said:  “We’ve got to make health care affordable and available.  There’s plenty of ways to do that.” 
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s own Tommy Thompson believes America must strengthen its health care system if it is to remain, as he says, “the best in the world.”  Among his proposals are moving the focus from curative to preventive care, accelerating the adoption of health information technology, and placing the uninsured in state-by-state insurable pools, allowing private insurers to bid on their coverage.
I urge you to listen to our candidates!  Which candidates are optimistic about the healthcare system in America?  Which candidates have a well defined plan for reform?  Which candidates complain about the situation and offer no realistic solutions?

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