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Kerry's Health Plan in 100 Words or Less
Paul Krugman recently pointed out that TV news has hardly mentioned Kerry's health plan
, the domestic policy centerpiece of his campaign. And my mother -- who's well-educated, smart, and knowledgeable about health care -- tells me that she doesn't know much about Kerry's proposals.
So, here's my attempt to boil it down in less than 100 words, and still provide some specific information. I have it down to about 120 words. Almost short enough for TV!
Kerry's Health Insurance Plan
Make health insurance more affordable by
- Covering 75% of catastrophic costs, saving the average family $1,000 a year
- Allowing everyone to purchase the Congressional health insurance plan.
Insure the uninsured by
- Expanding eligibility for federal health programs to
- almost all children
- more low-income adults and families.
- Providing tax credits that cover 25 to 75% of insurance costs to low and moderate income people who are
- working for small businesses
- aged 55-64
- between jobs.
- Covering 70% of the 44 million uninsured; 95% of Americans in all.
Pay for it by
- (70%) Cancelling tax cuts for those earning $200,000+ per year
- (30%) Cutting waste:
- Increasing best-practice medical care, and computerization.
- Reducing payments to Medicare HMOs and for uninsured "emergency room" care.
More details can be found on Kerry's web site
, in this leaflet
, or in Kerry's new campaign book