Tuesday, October 19, 2004
7 News Features: Voice Your Choice: Healthcare
It is becoming one of the emerging issues of the 2004 campaign. When it comes to healthcare, John Kerry and George W. Bush have accused each other of making empty promises. Yet, both claim their plan is the perfect diagnosis for a system that is anything but healthy. Here's the nighteam's Patrick Fraser with the information you need to voice your choice.
WSVN -- Two weeks till the election, two weeks for two men to battle it out...
Two weeks in which one mistake...Could flat line their entire campaign.
For many Americans---the cost of healthcare is enough to give you a heart attack.
Even the simple things...Like a flu shot are becoming difficult to obtain...John Kerry is vowing to make the system...Healthier.
"I promise you America. I'm sending them legislation that makes healthcare all healthcare for Americans affordable and accessible. That's the number one priority," said presidential candidate John Kerry.
Part of John Kerry's solution...Allow Americans to buy cheaper drugs from Canada.
Also institute a plan that would allow 27 million uninsured Americans to get insurance, and he promises it won't be run by the government.
I have no new bureaucracy at all in my program. You choose your doctor, you choose your plan. That's what Americans like to do," said Kerry.
But as you would imagine, the president has a few ideas of his own.
The bush administration is proposing tax credits to help uninsured families afford insurance.
To lower costs, the president wants to put a cap on the amount collected in malpractice cases.
"We want healthcare available and affordable. We want the healthcare decisions to be made between doctors and patients not by bureaucrats in Washington DC," said President George W. Bush.
As for cheaper drugs from Canada, the president says its not safe for Americans.
"Just want to make sure they're safe. When a drug comes from Canada, I want to make sure it cures you and doesn't kill you," said President Bush.
Now, can bush or Kerry actually fix the healthcare system.
We will find out after November 2nd, but whoever gets the chance to cure out health care woes, will need more than an apple a day.
Next week, maybe the most pivotal issue of the election - Patrick shows us exactly where each candidate stands on the future of Iraq.
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