Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama have fundamentally different visions of how they would reform healthcare as president, and Obamas is better, according to a new comparison by the Commonwealth Fund. The plan proposed by Obama, the Illinois Democrat, could provide more people with affordable health insurance that covers essential services, achieve greater equity in access to care, realize efficiencies and cost savings in the provision of coverage and delivery of care, and redirect incentives to improve quality, according to the report. McCain, the Arizona Republican, does not advocate universal coverage as a goal, which is at the top of the Commonwealth Funds criteria for judging the proposals. Rather, McCain focuses on making it easier for people to buy insurance on the individual market if they dont get it at work, providing tax credits and allowing policies to be purchased across state lines. The Commonwealth Fund, though, is critical of the strategy, predicting many employers would choose to drop plans and that insurance deregulation might encourage insurance companies to compete on price but also neutralize consumer protections some states have in place.
Late News: Commonwealth Fund report says Obamas health plan better
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