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October 22 2008

Making Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care a Reality for Every American

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Mr McCain is a senator from Arizona. He is the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

JAMA. 2008;300(16):1925-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.514

The 2 major Presidential candidates were asked to provide “a statement regarding your proposal for health care in America.” The following are their answers as submitted.

The foundation of my health care plan is a belief that American families—not government bureaucrats or insurance companies—should choose the coverage that best meets their unique needs. We need real reform that controls spiraling health care costs, strengthens the doctor-patient relationship, and most importantly, provides access to quality and affordable care for every American. But the road to real reform does not lead through Washington and an expensive, bureaucratic, government-controlled system. We have all tangled with the existing bureaucracy to know that it will diminish, not improve, quality.

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