Sep 19, 2008

Obama vs. McCain on Health System Reform: Podcast TMA

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville) told physicians attending Texas Medical Association’s 2008 Fall Conference that this year’s presidential election will be a referendum on health system reform. But where do the two presidential candidates stand on the issue of expanding health coverage to the uninsured? The cover story in the October issue of Texas Medicine takes a look at the health system reform proposals of both Democratic nominee Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain, who take far different approaches to helping the uninsured. In this installment of Podcast TMA, American Medical Association President-elect Jim Rohack, MD, and Roland Goertz, MD, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Trustees, discuss how the candidate’s reform plans contrast and the prospects for major reform in the next congressional sessions. Download the show now. This installment covers:
  • The differences between the Obama and McCain health care proposals.
  • How the two plans stack up against reform proposals of the AMA, AAFP, and other national specialty societies.
  • Whether Congress is likely to enact major health system reform next year regardless of who wins the presidential race.

If you missed the great debate at Fall Conference, you can still read our detailed analysis of the John McCain and Barack Obama health care platforms and how they compare to TMA policy. While you’re at it, take the TMA 2008 Presidential Poll.


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