Healthcare had to compete with a plumber named Joe during the third and final presidential debate with the two topics intersecting at one point in an effort to highlight the differences between the candidates health reform plans.
During a night focused on domestic priorities, Democrat Sen. Barack Obama said he would cut federal spending on Medicare Advantage plans to pay for his healthcare package, while his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain, called for a $5,000 tax credit that would potentially allow families to become better stewards of their own care.
McCain singled out the cost of care in the U.S. as the primary problem within the system. It really is the costthe escalating costs of healthcarethat are inflicting such pain on working families and people across the country, McCain said. One of the fixes, McCain said, would be to utilize health information technology to help drive down costs. The VA does that, he said. McCain also called on employers to put greater importance on the health and wellness of their employees while calling on school systems to boost physical fitness programs for children.
Obama has also called for the use of electronic health records and better preventive programs. He reiterated that his proposal would allow individuals the option to keep their current healthcare coverage, while also offering a lower-cost federal plan. The only thing were going to try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed onto you, Obama said. -- by Matthew DoBias