Author Affiliation: Mr Kerry is a senator from
The 2 major Presidential candidates were asked to
answer the question, “How would you ensure access to health care for
the citizens of the United States?” The following are their answers.
Today, a family’s ability to ensure that all its members receive
the quality health care they deserve is challenged like never before. The
number of uninsured has increased by 5 million since
2000 to a record-high of 45 million. You witness this everyday as you care
for patients. Together, we must reverse this trend. As a fair and just society,
we need to grant access to those who lack coverage, and we must also ensure
that those who already have coverage can continue to afford it in a time of
rising health care costs.
Kerry J. Ensuring Access to Health CareThe Kerry Plan. JAMA. 2004;292(16):2007-2009. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2007