John McCain's Economic Plan
John McCain's Economic Plan
Families Relief |
Government Reform |
Healthcare | Taxes |
Health Care Reforms: Better Care, At Lower Cost, for Every
Reforms To Reduce The Rate Of Health Care Inflation
John McCain proposes a number of initiatives that can lower
health care costs. If we act today, we can lower health care costs
for families through common-sense initiatives. Within a decade,
health spending will comprise twenty percent of our economy. This is
taking an increasing toll on America's families and small businesses.
John McCain will look to bring greater
affordability and competition to our drug markets through safe
re-importation of drugs and faster introduction of generic drugs.
Chronic conditions account for three-quarters of
the nation's annual health care bill. By emphasizing prevention,
early intervention, healthy habits, new treatment models, new public
health infrastructure and the use of information technology, we can
significantly reduce these costs. We should dedicate more federal
research to treating and curing chronic disease.
Coordinated care - with providers collaborating
to produce the best health care for the patient - offers better
outcomes at lower cost. We should pay a single bill for high-quality
care which will make every single provider accountable and
responsive to the patients' needs.
Greater Access And Convenience:
Families place a high value on
quickly getting simple care. Government should promote greater
access through walk-in clinics in retail outlets.
John McCain will promote the rapid
deployment of 21st century information systems and technology to
improve patient safety, enhance quality and lower costs.
Medicaid And Medicare:
John McCain will reform the payment
systems in Medicaid and Medicare to compensate providers for
diagnosis, prevention and care coordination. Medicaid and Medicare
should not pay for preventable medical errors or mismanagement. We
also need to implement a zero tolerance policy towards Medicare and
Medicaid fraud that is increasingly stripping away resources from
the sick and the elderly.
John McCain will promote the availability of smoking
cessation programs. Most smokers would love to quit but find it hard
to do so. Working with businesses and insurance companies to promote
availability, we can improve lives and reduce associated chronic
diseases through smoking cessation programs.
John McCain will lead the fight for medical
liability reform that eliminates lawsuits directed at doctors who
follow clinical guidelines and adhere to proven safety protocols.
Every patient should have access to legal remedies in cases of bad
medical practice but that should not be an open invitation to
endless, frivolous lawsuits that drive up health care costs for
everyone and make the practice of medicine unaffordable for good
John McCain believes we must make information on
treatment options and doctor records more public, and require
greater transparency regarding medical outcomes, quality of care,
costs and prices. We must also facilitate the development of
national standards for measuring and evaluating treatments and
Reforms To Make Health Insurance Innovative, Portable And Affordable
Health Care Costs: John McCain will reform health care making it
easier for individuals and families to obtain insurance. Americans
are working harder and longer, yet the amount workers take home in
their paychecks is not keeping pace because of rising health care
costs. An important part of his plan is to use competition to
improve the quality of health insurance with greater variety to
match people's needs, lower prices, and promote portability.
Families should be able to purchase health insurance nationwide,
across state lines.
Making the Tax Subsidy Fair: By making the tax code more
equitable and transparent, John McCain will give every family a
refundable tax credit - cash towards insurance - of $5,000
(Individuals receive $2,500). Every family in America, regardless of
the source of their insurance or how much they make will get the
same help. Families will be able to stay with their current plan, or
choose the insurance provider that suits them best and have the
money sent directly to the insurance provider.
Making Insurance More Portable: Americans need insurance that
follows them from job to job. Too many job decisions today are
controlled by a fear of losing health care. Americans want insurance
that is still there if they retire early and does not change if they
take a few years off to raise the children. John McCain will lead
the reform for portable insurance.
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