Thursday, November 15, 2007

Candidate Review - Health Care - John McCain

Well McCain's health plan is pretty daunting. It is a list of bullet points. 19 Bullet Points then a paragraph (on Insurance Company Reform) then 5 Bullet Points, then a paragraph (on Personal Responsibility) then 3 more Bullet Points. For those playing along at home, that's 27 bullet points.

Lord Almighty.

Anyway I will note some highlights. Using Bullet Points. One turn deserves another.
  • McCain is in favor of allowing Vets better access to local health care. "America's veterans have fought for our freedom. We should give them freedom to choose to carry their VA dollars to a provider that gives them the timely care at high quality and in the best location."
  • He does favor providing Access to Health Care for all. "While we reform the system and maintain quality, we can and must provide access to health care for all our citizens - whether temporarily or chronically uninsured, whether living in rural areas with limited services, or whether residing in inner cities where access to physicians is often limited." I suspect the phrase "Access to" to be key. Many people have Access to health care right now who can't avail themselves of that access do to lack of money.
  • He also specifically favors moving away from employer sponsored health plans. "Reform the tax code to eliminate the bias toward employer-sponsored health insurance, and provide all individuals with a $2,500 tax credit ($5,000 for families) to increase incentives for insurance coverage. Individuals owning innovative multi-year policies that cost less than the full credit can deposit remainder in expanded health savings accounts."
  • Like others he does treat it primarily as a consumer issue; the American medical consumer isn't being served as well as he or she should be. Of course this leaves out those who aren't being served at all.
Bullet points are annoying.

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