Prevention Platform – Obama-McCain Comparison of the Health Care Issues

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a new resource on its health08.org web site detailing Sen. John McCain’s and Sen. Barack Obama’s positions on key health care issues.  The side by side comparison focuses on issues not necessarily addressed in their health care reform proposals compiled from the candidates’ web sites, speeches and campaign debates.  These issues include:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Care Coordination and Prevention
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Information and Technology
  • HIV/AIDS/Global Health
  • Long-Term Care
  • Medicaid and SCHIP
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medicare
  • Mental Health Parity
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Transparency and Comparative Effectiveness
  • Veterans’ Health
  • Women’s Health

Under the heading of Prevention, Senator McCain

“believes individuals should do everything possible to prevent expensive, chronic diseases, and that parents have a moral obligation to educate their children on healthy lifestyles.”

I would like to know how he plans to accomplish these goals.  Other than advocating that businesses and insurance companies  promote the availability of smoking cessation programs and funding research on chronic illness prevention, he has little to say about how individuals and families can accomplish disease prevention.

Senator Obama, on the other hand, would require federally supported health plans to cover essential preventive services such as cancer screening and smoking cessation programs so individuals and families can have access to these services. He  would increase funding to expand community based preventive interventions. He  would work with schools to create more healthful environments for children with  school based health screening programs and clinical services as well as  increased support for physical education and educational programs for students.  His plan supports expanding and rewarding work site health promotion and prevention.  I see his plan as more than just  hoping that “individuals do everything possible to prevent chronic diseases”.

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One Response to Prevention Platform – Obama-McCain Comparison of the Health Care Issues

  1. cathy says:

    Certainly seems to me to be a no brainer. Obama’s well thought out and comprehensive plan has been needed for years! Thanks for making it so easy to understand the difference.

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