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October 12, 2007

Presidential candidate John McCain is proposing a sweeping health care system overhaul aimed at giving people more control and more choices while fostering greater industry competition in hopes of lowering costs and improving services, says the Associated Press.

Some of his reforms include:

  • Allowing people to buy health insurance nationwide instead of limiting them to in-state companies.
  • Permitting people to buy insurance through any organization or association they choose as well as through their employers or buying direct from an insurance company.
  • Providing tax credits of $2,500 to individuals and $5,000 to families as an incentive to buy health coverage.
  • Allowing veterans to use whatever provider they want, wherever they want by giving them an electronic health care card or through another method.


  • Supporting different methods of delivering care, including walk-in clinics in retail outlets across the country.
  • Developing routes for cheaper generic versions of drugs to enter the U.S. market, including allowing for safe importation of drugs.
  • Revamping Medicare payment systems to pay providers for diagnosis, prevention and care coordination without paying them for preventable medical errors or mismanagement.

Source: Liz Sidoti, "McCain to Unveil Health Care Plan," Associated Press, October 11, 2007.


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