Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Side by Side Comparison of the U.S. Presidential Candidates' Prescriptions for a Healthier Future

Finally, someone has done it: Prepared a Side by Side comparison, complete with charts and links, of the US presidential candidates positions on what to do about healthcare in the future. A hearty thank you to the Susan Blumenthal and her team at the Huffington Post for creating this helpful visual tool:

"The next president of the United States will confront major health policy decisions that will affect the lives of all Americans. With the first of the presidential caucuses and primaries only six months away, the pressure is on for the candidates to provide Americans with their plans to improve the nation's health care system -- and rightfully so. Despite spending over $2 trillion a year on health care -- 18% of the U.S. GDP and twice as much as any other nation -- the United States ranks only 45th in life expectancy and 37th in a World Health Organization study on the performance of national health systems." To read on, click here.

Considering that Michael Moore's film, Sicko, is emphasizing and bringing to public attention the advantages of a universal health care system, it will be interesting to see if any of these positions will change or be modified over the next few months.

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