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Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans Lack Key Reform Elements, Aspen Institute Finds
Date:5/14/2008

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An analysis by the Aspen Institute has found gaps in the health care reform plans of Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama even as each of the three offers thoughtful proposals that hold the promise of improving health care in the United States.

The Institute's analysis is based on a detailed questionnaire submitted to each campaign. The questionnaire and the principles that guided the analysis were developed by the bipartisan Aspen Health Stewardship Project. The Project's work is guided by leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors dedicated to improving the health care system. The Project's core principles, the questionnaire and the full response by each candidate can be found on the Project's Web site, http://www.AspenHealthStewardship.org.

"While the candidates have clearly focused on the issue and have proposed different approaches, no one plan takes into account all of the core principles we think are needed to build a healthier nation," said Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and one of the Project co-chairs. "We're calling on the candidates to target not just the symptoms of our nation's broken health care system but the root causes as well."

Even as they affirmed the importance of the Project's core principles, the candidates failed to fully grasp the fundamental changes required to transform the nation's ailing health care system. This was apparent even in basic questions, such as:

Question: How will you define and measure the success of your health proposals and their impact on health outcomes?

-- Clinton commented on the need to "shift our system from focusing on

and providing sick care to focusing on and providing well care,"

but stopped short of directly answering the question.

-- McCain discussed the imp
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