Comparing the Obama and McCain Plans for Health Care Reform

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<p>An analysis released today by The Commonwealth Fund examines key differences and areas of agreement in the health system reform proposals of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. The report, <a href="/publications/fund-reports/2008/oct/the-2008-presidential-candidates-health-reform-proposals--choices-for-america
">The 2008 Presidential Candidates' Health Reform Proposals: Choices for America,</a> describes how each candidate would seek to expand health insurance coverage, improve the quality and efficiency of the health system, and control costs.<br><br>As shown in the report, both plans seek to expand health insurance coverage. But while Senator McCain would encourage individuals to select their own coverage through the individual insurance market, Senator Obama would strengthen employer coverage and public programs and create a new group insurance exchange.<br><br>Prepared by the Fund's Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., and colleagues, the report also details differences in how many people would be covered under each plan, as well as the amount of financial protection families would have against the cost of health care. <br><br>Also be sure to check out our <a href="/usr_doc/site_docs/slideshows/CandidateReport/CandidateReport.html">interactive Web feature</a> that allows you to compare the Obama and McCain plans side-by-side in 24 different areas.</p>