In response to the early release of John Edwards’s health care plan, Barack Obama has finally announced his own. The plan is serious and gets to the point. Federal funding is necessary to help lower income families afford insurance, and Obama calls for a partial rollback of the Bush tax cuts. It is also stricter on the insurance companies; medical history will not be allowed as a factor in denying coverage or charging higher premiums. Finally, people will be allowed to choose between private insurance plans, and a Medicare-type plan offered by the government. While the plan doesn’t mandate insurance for adults, Obama hopes a combination of subsidies and outreach can help to insure most of the population, as a mandate might be difficult to enforce.
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