Presidential Candidates' Health Plans, SCHIP Debate

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  • "Election 2008: Presidential Politics and the Resurgence of Health Care Reform," New England Journal of Medicine: In the NEJM perspective, Jonathan Oberlander, an associate professor of social medicine and of health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,examines the health care proposals of Democratic and Republicanpresidential candidates. According to Oberlander, the plans proposed byleading Democratic candidates rely on a "pay-or-play" employer mandateto achieve universal coverage. Democrats' plans also would "avoid anyexplicit budgeting of health care spending or centralized costcontrols"; are financed largely by reversing tax cuts adopted by theBush administration; and "contain provisions designed to reassureAmericans" that they retain the ability to make their own choices aboutcoverage. Proposals introduced by Republican presidential candidatescall for deregulation of insurance markets, investments in healthinformation technology and expansion of health savings accounts(Oberlander, NEJM, 11/22).
  • "The Fate of SCHIP -- Surrogate Marker for Health Care Ideology?" NEJM: In the perspective, NEJMnational correspondent John Iglehart discusses the SCHIP debate andefforts by lawmakers over the past several months to pass a bipartisanSCHIP reauthorization and expansion bill. Iglehart also discussesPresident Bush's veto of SCHIP legislation, the administration'sobjections to expanding the program and possible future action on theprogram (Iglehart, NEJM, 11/22).

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