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Assessing the Cost of the Bush and Kerry Health Care Reform Proposals

Recorded on October 4, 2004

Both Presidential candidates have put forth a complex array of health policy proposals. President Bush emphasizes the expansion of private health insurance coverage. Senator Kerry is proposing an ambitious expansion of public programs. Both favor changes in medical malpractice and increased reliance on emerging information technology in the health care system. How much will these competing proposals cost? How many Americans will be covered? Will taxpayers experience sticker shock? How will these competing plans affect employers, employees, state governments, health plans, and the insurance markets. After the election is over, what elements of these plans could see action in Congress? Join us as three top health policy experts discuss these and many other questions.