Health Care:


Hillary Clinton (Democrat) Mike Huckabee (Republican) Mitt Romney (Republican)
John Edwards (Democrat) John McCain (Republican) Green Party Candidates
Barack Obama (Democrat) Ron Paul (Republican) Libertarian Party Candidates


Hillary Clinton

Mandates individual health insurance coverage for all Americans. Offers federal subsidies for those who cannot afford it. Allows individuals to choose from among several private plans also offered to members of Congress, as well as a new public insurance plan modeled after Medicare. Requires insurance companies to offer coverage to anyone who applies, and bars insurance companies from charging higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions. Requires large businesses to provide or help pay for employee coverage. Expands Medicaid and federal children's health care programs. Offers tax credits to limit health care premiums to a certain percentage a family's income. Cost estimated at $110 billion annually, to be paid for by eliminating the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000, as well as by reducing waste and inefficiencies in the current system. Also limits the amount employers can exclude from taxes for health care benefits for those making over $250,000.

She believes that insurance companies deny people coverage because their computer model says they’re not worth it.


Voting History:

John Edwards

John Edwards has a bold plan to transform America's health care system and provide universal health care for every man, woman and child in America.

"John Edwards has made a serious and thoughtful proposal to address the growing health care crisis. His innovative plan offers practical steps to lower the high cost of health care, improve the quality of care and provide coverage for all Americans."                 -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (MA)

Edwards is striving for universal health care by making it more affordable and providing incentives for businesses to provide their employees with health care plans.  In an effort to do this, he wants to create regional health care markets that allow for bargaining power.

Voting Record on Health Care:


Barack Obama

1.      Obama wants to create a national health insurance program for people who don’t have employer-provided health care and who don’t qualify for other existing federal programs. It allows people to choose between the new public insurance program or from among private insurance plans that meet certain coverage standards. It requires employers who don’t provide health coverage for employees to pay into the national health insurance program. It wouldn’t mandate individual coverage for all Americans, but would require coverage for all children. It allows individuals below age 25 to be covered through their parents' plans. The estimated cost is between $50 billion and $65 billion, to be paid for by eliminating Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000.

Voting Record: Voted YES for funding of AIDS. 

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee opposes federally mandated universal coverage but does believe that the health care system is “irrevocably broken.” He believes we need to get serious about preventative health care and will advocate policies that will encourage the private sector to seek innovative ways to bring down costs and improve the free markets for health care services. Ways that Huckabee can make health care more affordable are by reforming medical liability, adopting electronic record keeping, making health insurance more portable from one job to another, expanding health savings accounts to everyone, not just those with high deductibles and making health insurance tax deductible for individuals and families. Low income families would get tax credits instead of deductions. He supports market based approaches at the state level. Huckabee believes our health care system is making businesses non-competitive in the global economy; jobs don't need health care, people do. He wants to move from employer-based health care, to consumer-based health care.  He wants Americans to have more control of their health care and wants to move from employer-based to consumer based-health care.  If President, he will work with the private sector, Congress and health care providers to lead a complete overhaul of the health care system.

John McCain

McCain has said McCain has no specific platform statement on broad health care issues, however, he discusses veterans health care at length. But in interviews and debates he has said that everyone should have access to affordable health insurance but opposes plans that would raise taxes and increase the government role. He supports: a $3,000 tax credit to enable people to purchase health insurance; rewards for wellness; malpractice reform; broadening the health savings account program. In terms of veterans care, he believes federal health care benefits should be expanded to reservists because of their increased role in the U.S. military. He also believes health care for veterans should be improved. He points to his voting history to show he supports: increasing VA funding and VA doctors' pay; improving access to care for veterans and retirees; and giving special attention to veterans affected by specific combat-related illnesses. Allow appealing HMO decisions externally & in court. (Jul 1999)

His plan is to try to lower costs in the health care industry, save Medicare and Medicaid. Pledges that while the system is reformed those currently without health care will be taken care of.

Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006) Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005) Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005) Voted NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003) Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002) Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001) Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001) Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000) Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999) Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998) Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997) Voted NO on blocking medical savings accounts. (Apr 1996) Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002) Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002) Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002) $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002) Rated 25% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a true believer for affordable health care. He does not support universal health care, but he wants to make all medical expenses tax deductible. Paul has a medical degree and knows first hand how pharmaceutical and insurance companies make it difficult to have affordable health care. He wants to give the power to the doctors to negotiate with insurance companies to bring down the cost of medical care.  He also wants to make sure every American is eligible for a Health Savings Account (H.S.A), which was created in 2003 and designed to help individuals save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis—by removing the policy people must open a high-deductible insurance policy in order to use an H.S.A.  He wants every American to have low deductibles for individuals before opening a HSA Health Savings Account. He also wants to eliminate federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing medical coverage to it’s’ employees. Paul wants to improve requirements for pharmacists and nurses so they can perform basic tasks to increase health care and lower medical expenses.


Mitt Romney

Romney plans on making all health care expenses tax deductible, along with aiding a flexible Medicaid plan.  He also believes in personal choice for health care decisions.

“Our objectives in health care are to bring down the costs of health insurance for everyone and to get all of our citizens inside the system - to get them all insured (Romney, PBS).

Wants incentives for states to expand affordable coverage.

 Wants to rely on private markets to guide health care.

*          As Governor, signed a health care law aimed at ensuring universal coverage through: subsidies, sliding scale premiums, and penalties for those who do not get insurance.

Green Party Candidates--Jesse Johnson and Cynthia McKinney

The Green Party supports a universal, comprehensive, national single-payer health insurance program, citing that the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national health care system.  The Greens feel that Americans deserve the peace of mind of knowing that if they need health care, it will always be available to them.  The Greens lay out a clear plan that shows how money will be saved by businesses and all levels of government; the savings in administrative costs alone would cover the cost of the national health care system.  They feel that until the passage of universal health care, all workers should have health care coverage and at least half should be paid by employer.  Beyond this, the Green party feels that Medicare is at risk and must be managed better.  They call for competent social and health services for those with special needs: the mentally ill, the handicapped, the terminally ill and they support wider implementation of hospice care.  They feel that a large percentage of illness in the United States is due to unmanaged stress or poor diet.  They advocate improving the nation’s food supply and access to stress management education or other holistic health.


Libertarian Candidates -- Robert Garrison Jackson and Wayne Allyn Root

Supports expanded eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, to allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States, offering tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage, and that providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government. “The federal government should, however, enforce free interstate access to insurance coverage.” (

Opposed to FDA’s regulations of holistic, natural, and alternative health care products

Supports freedom of choice in a person’s health care provider

Opposed to a nationalized health care system.