President Bush's plans for the uninsured would increase health insurance coverage by about 9.9 million, while a proposal by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) would expand coverage to about 27 million currently uninsured, advisers to the candidates said at a Harvard Forums on Health meeting in Washington. About 43 million people are estimated to be uninsured in the U.S. Bush's proposals include tax credits, association health plans and community health centers. Kerry's plan would roll back upper-income tax cuts to finance additional government-sponsored coverage. "I think we can get back to a more reasonable rate of growth in healthcare costs," said Sarah Bianchi, Kerry's domestic policy adviser. Doug Badger, special assistant to Bush for economic policy, said Kerry's plan shifts, rather than lowers, healthcare costs. -- by Jeff Tieman
Scale, methods separate candidates' uninsured plans
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