Now that you have read the candidates commentaries on healthcare, you may be rubbing your eyes and wondering just who says what about expanding coverage, ensuring quality and holding the line on healthcare costs. There are some pretty clear differences between the two parties, but as you can tell, you have to get into the fine print to tell candidates apart within the parties. We have teased out some of the highlights for each major candidate in this handy cheat sheet:
The heart of the matter
A summary of what the top candidates are saying about healthcare policy
In general, the top three Democrats in opinion polls focus on expanding access through new government programs with big price tags and a rollback of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, mainly those earning more than $200,000 per year.
In striking contrast, the three leading Republicans favor almost purely market-based coverage initiatives. They generally have no price tags for their plans, although several call for new tax credits and deductions.
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