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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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