TITLE

Checkups

AUTHOR(S)
Cohn, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;6/9/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 22, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Focuses on the health care proposals of 2004 Democratic presidential candidates. When Congressman Richard Gephardt unveiled his plan for near-universal health coverage in April, 2003 one of the sharpest rebukes came from fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham. As of this writing, three of the major Democratic candidates for president--Gephardt, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and Senator John Kerry--have unveiled ambitious, detailed proposals for making health insurance more available. The other three--Graham and Senators John Edwards and Joe Lieberman--have indicated they'll soon do the same. But, while the candidates' visions differ in shape and scope, they share a common political premise: reviving the health care proposals of former President Bill Clinton would be a big mistake. The reason the Clinton plan was so complicated--and ultimately so unpopular--was that it made difficult trade-offs in an effort to solve the health care system's myriad, interconnected problems: Clinton was determined to both expand coverage and hold down costs, to help people with insurance as well as those without it, to give consumers more power while still reducing their consumption of excess care. Each of the six major candidates has called for repealing at least some of the Bush tax cuts; now it looks like each of them wants to spend at least some extra money on subsidizing health insurance for those who can't afford it.
ACCESSION #
9923823

 

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