Healthline Analysis: Presidential Candidates & Their Health Care Plans - Obama
I will do my best over the coming weeks and months to provide an unbiased analysis of the presidential candidates' positions on health care. Here goes with my first installment with the Democratic front runner, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois (elected 2004). Sen. Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago before winning a seat in the state senate. In May 2007 he published a 15 page Plan for a Healthy America: Lowering health care costs and ensuring affordable, high quality health care for all.
Obama proposes building on the strengths of our existing program and tackling its weaknesses through partnerships among state and federal governments, employers, individuals and providers.
- Health Care for All: Universal Coverage by 2012
- Obama proposes a new public insurance program to cover people who are not covered by Medicare, SCHIP or their employers.
- Obama proposes creating a National Insurance Exchange for those who want to purchase insurance directly
- Obama proposes mandating coverage for all children
- No one will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions or illness
- Obama proposes that the benefits package mirror that received by members of Congress, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Package (FEHBP) [includes preventive care, mental health, maternity, disease management]
- Reducing costs of catastrophic illnesses to employers and employees
- 75% every health care dollar is spent on chronic health conditions: support disease management programs
- Coordinate and integrate care
- Require transparency about costs and quality
- Promote safety and excellence
- Tackle disparities in health care
- Reform medical malpractice
- Invest in Health IT and EHR
- Increase competition in the insurance and drug industries to reduce costs
- Protect and promote healthy behaviors at the federal, state, community, school, employer and family level
- veterans are 7 x more likely than the general population to be homeless
- proposed that all returning troops be screened for PTSD
According to an analysis by The Commonwealth Fund: A Private Foundation Working Toward a High Performing Health Care System, of the three top Democratic candidates, Obama's plan requires the least in expenditures of new revenue:
- Obama: $60 billion
- Edwards, Clinton: $110 billion
Thank you Senator Obama for use of photo Veteran's Speech 4/07 Iowa.