CHOOSY ABOUT HEALTH REFORM
September 19, 2007
Now that the leading Democratic presidential candidates (Clinton, Obama, Edwards) and the top two Republican candidates (Giuliani and Romney) have released detailed health-care proposals, it's time to choose, says the Wall Street Journal.
First, the Democrats:
- All of the Democratic plans would aim to insure everyone; Clinton and Edwards would require everyone to buy insurance, but Obama wouldn't.
- All would leave private insurance in place, but would also give everyone the option of buying federal insurance modeled on Medicare or the insurance plans available to federal employees.
- In addition, each would require large employers either to provide insurance or pay a tax to support health care; they'd also partly fund their programs by allowing the expiration of temporary tax cuts on those making over $250,000 a year.
As for the Republicans:
- Giuliani and Romney would both change the tax code to make it cheaper for individuals to buy private health insurance and would provide extra support to help low-income people buy private insurance.
- Both would also support the expansion of health savings accounts; neither would expand public insurance programs such as Medicare as an option for all Americans.
- Romney would not support a national coverage-for-all plan like the one he enacted as Massachusetts governor.
- Giuliani and Romney have said they would make insurance more affordable by reducing regulation of the insurance industry.
Source: Jacob Goldstein, "Hillary Clinton Choosy About Health Reform," Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2007.
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