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Presidential candidatess Health plan analyzed: How will it affect our children?

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 by Maggie LaBarbera

It's election time and although our country is facing some huge economic issues, I do want to know how each of them stand on their policies about children's health. Well, I found a report that was commissioned by a bipartisan group to analyze their position on this. Here is a quick summary from the report.

Here is what the report concluded:

McCain's plan:

  • The McCain tax credit will weaken families ability to afford coverage for their children
  • It does not keep pace with the expected increase in healthcare costs
  • The tax credit does not allow for added cost for children who are born or adopted
  • The current 19 million children with special health care needs currently insured by employer coverage may be barred from insurance
  • Sick children, those with pre-existing conditions, could be charged much more for heatl coverage
  • By allowing the insurance to be sold across state line, millions of children will lose the protection of having guaranteed benefits
  • It estimates that 55 million children could lose coverage for well-care visits
  • 18 million could lose autism care
  • 16 million could lose lead poisoning treatment
  • Funding for public insurance programs for low income children could be reduced
Obama's Plan:
  • Plan wants to ensure that all of 8 million + uninsured children will have health care coverage through a combination of public and private coverage options
  • Requires parent to enroll their chilren in a healthcare program
  • Public programs that are successfull will be expanded
  • Continue and expand Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Tens of millions of children will benefit from improved protections in the private health insurance market




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Monday, Mar 02, 2009 @ 05:44 AM

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we must join together to not let children fall into health issues for life by eating unhealthy foods and being overweight. Hoping for strong public policy. Great blog here :-)

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