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October 27, 2004

Ensuring Access to Health CareThe Kerry Plan

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Mr Kerry is a senator from Massachusetts.

JAMA. 2004;292(16):2007-2009. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2007

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.

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