As the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Boston today, party and healthcare industry officials predicted there would be few if any fights over the policy platform of presumptive presidential nominee John Kerry. Kerry's $895 billion healthcare plan, which he says would expand access to care to almost 95% of the population, has already been adopted by the party "without one amendment," a party official said. Some Republicans charged that the Democrats would use the convention to call for repeal of last year's Medicare reform law. But the Kerry official said the focus would be on changes to the law, such as allowing the government to negotiate for lower prescription-drug prices, rather than wholesale repeal. -- by Jeff Tieman
From the convention floor: Kerry's health plan
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