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October 27, 2004

Ensuring Access to Health Care: The Bush Plan

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Mr Bush is President of the United States of America.

JAMA. 2004;292(16):2010-2011. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2010

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.

I believe that all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health care. Rising health care costs impose a burden on families and small businesses and put coverage out of the reach of many Americans. My plan will help reduce the rising cost of health care, provide new and affordable health coverage options for all Americans, and provide not just a government program but a path to greater opportunity, giving millions of Americans more freedom and more control over their own health care and their own future.