Arizona senator and GOP presidential hopeful John McCain outlined a multipronged platform for healthcare reform, saying that American families and not government or special-interest groups would drive the change.
Under McCains plan, individuals would have increased access to actual healthcare cost information and would receive much-more simplified bills for the care they receivemoves meant to bolster consumer awareness and spark providers to drive for higher-quality and better-managed care. He also said provider-payment reforms are needed.
McCain, who has built his platform on traditional conservative free-market principles and less dependence on federal dollars, said he would give individuals a tax credit of $2,500, or $5,000 for families, if they have health insurance.
You should be able to buy your insurance from any willing providerthe state bureaucracies are no better than national ones, McCain said, according to a transcript of a speech at an Iowa Rotary luncheon. Introducing competition into the health insurance market will reduce costs.
A third part of health reform, he said, relies on personal responsibility regarding diet, exercise and nutrition.
On Tuesday, McCain used several questions during a Republican presidential debate to address healthcare, decrying the amount of federal spending on Medicare and the State Childrens Health Insurance Program. -- by Matthew DoBias
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