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, Republican Sen. John McCain singled out the cost of care in the U.S. as the primary problem within the system, while his opponent, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, said that he would cut federal spending on Medicare Advantage plans to pay for his healthcare package.
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, according to McCain, would be to use health information technology to help drive down costs. The VA does that, he said.
Obama has also called for the use of electronic health records. 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 on to you, Obama said.
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