The presidential election is just weeks away, and many people believe the new president will be vital in changing and turning this country around. Some people feel that the candidate’s plan on some crucial issues are unclear and has left them with more questions than answers. For many people the future of our health care system is one of the main issues of the election, but unfortunately how the candidates will handle health insurance can be confusing. For Bronwyn White, wife and mother of two, the future of health care coverage is one of the main issues that will impact her vote. "It's important to me that the cost not be so high and that you get what you pay for. People should not have to go around begging for money so their children can get the car they need to survive. It is confusing and I don't have a clear picture of either of their plans for an overall health care system and what that would mean for me." Political Science professor, Greg Arey agrees that the plans are confusing, but is able to break down the candidate's basic ideas. He said Obama plans for everyone to have health insurance by making it more affordable, by regulating insurance companies and forcing the insurance companies to lower premiums. "From Barack's plan, the idea is to reduce the war in Iraq and eventually eliminate it and have funds available to fund the people who still won't be able to fund the insurance." McCain's plan will not force everyone to be insured, but encourage it with incentives. His idea is that if you have insurance, you get a $5,000 tax credit. The other part of his plan is that you are going to be taxed on that. He also wants to make medicine more affordable by making sure that drug companies stop marking their prices up 300 percent. Arey said both Obama and McCain's plans are unclear as to how much health insurance premiums will cost and on how all the plans will exactly be funded and work. "With the way the economy is, it's going to be hard whoever is elected to keep the promises that they're making right now." Aery said Obama's plan is to use the government to get people insurance and McCain's plan is to use less government to get people insured by giving people incentives.
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