g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Public Health Site

BellaOnline's Public Health Editor


Public Health Care and Election 2008

Guest Author - Anita Grace Simpson

Health care has proven to be a crucial issue for the U.S. Presidential election of 2008. Everyone agrees that the system of health care is flawed, but there are varied opinions on the best way to fix the flaws. What are the candidates’ positions on the future of public health and other areas of health care?

Republican Candidates:

In general, the nominees for the Republican presidential candidate favor private, free market solutions to the health care crisis, rather than government involvement.

Congressman Ron Paul, himself a physician who did not accept Medicare or Medicaid when he was practicing, has not proposed a government health care plan because he is against the government’s involvement in any aspect of health care. He proposes complete privatization to encourage competition for consumers’ health care dollars. All medical expenses would be tax deductible. Also, he suggests that government restrictions of illegal drugs should be reduced.

Governor Mike Huckabee is in favor of the private sector controlling health care reforms, and state rather than federal involvement where government is needed. He emphasizes increased provisions for preventive care, which would reduce the need for costly medical procedures. He plans to utilize electronic record keeping, increase health insurance portability, and give tax credits and/or deductions for insurance premiums. In addition, he intends to change the health care system so that it is based on consumers rather than employers.

Senator John McCain’s statements on health care with regard to the federal government have featured improved health care for veterans. However, he also puts forward a comprehensive plan for overall health care reform that includes national quality standards, free market competition between providers, support for innovative delivery systems such as clinics in retail stores, and tort reform to control medical lawsuits and associated malpractice costs.

Democratic Candidates:

Both Democratic candidates strongly support universal health care coverage provided by the federal government.

Senator Barack Obama would provide universal coverage by 2012. His health care plan would strengthen public health infrastructure, encourage preventive care, modernize the health care system, and provide comprehensive health coverage for every American. He intends to retain Medicare for seniors and disabled individuals, as well as Medicaid programs and private health insurance presently provided by employers. However, for those who do not qualify for those funding sources, he would establish a new public insurance plan. All employers would be required to either provide private insurance for their employees or contribute to the public plan on their employees’ behalf.

Senator Hillary Clinton would establish universal coverage by 2016. Her plan includes tax credits for insurance premiums, more choices for consumers, removal of restrictions based on pre-existing conditions, and portability of health care when the consumer stops working or changes jobs. She would establish a new program similar to Medicare but open to everyone. Consumers would also be able to access the same plans available to Members of Congress. Everyone would be required to have insurance of some type.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Twitter Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Facebook Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to MySpace Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Del.icio.us Digg Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Yahoo My Web Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Google Bookmarks Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Stumbleupon Add Public+Health+Care+and+Election+2008 to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Public Health Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Anita Grace Simpson. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Anita Grace Simpson. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Aspartame versus Sugar

Bullying and Creating a Healthy Learning Place

Breast Cancer-What's Soy Got To Do With It?

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor