It is one week until Americans everywhere cast their vote for the future of our nation and the future of its health care system. This is an historic year and one in which the choices we make are of incredible importance.
With that in mind, I'd like to point you towards a piece from USA Today that is great for an overview of the candidates' plans. Composed by the publication's editors, it endorses a strongly bipartisan approach similar to the one that Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed.
Nonetheless, it does help dispel some of the fog of rhetoric that has surrounded the claims on both sides since the election cycle began. Citing highly pertinent, impartial sources like The Annenberg FactCheck and the Kaiser Family Foundation, and deconstructing the media/advertising spin, it does a pretty concise job of laying everything out for the thoughtful voter.
Certainly well worth examining. Follow the Fact Check link when you read it.
Ultimately, the best health care plan might combine elements of both McCain's market-based reforms with mandates to make sure that everyone has access to coverage. Given how contentious the campaign has been, that might seem far-fetched. But Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has a plan to do just that.
Even if Democrats pad their congressional majorities on Nov. 4, many of the tough issues that this nation faces won't be solved without bipartisanship. Health care reform is no exception.
SOURCE: "Health care Rx: Mix up McCain's and Obama's plans" 10/27/08
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