Presidential candidates present positions on key health care issues

The Kaiser Family Foundation has added two new resources on its health08.org Web site detailing presidential candidates Sen. John McCain's and Sen. Barack Obama's stance on key health care issues, building upon health08.org's existing comparison of the candidates' health reform proposals.

A new, interactive tool allows users to compare the candidates proposals and positions on a range of health care issues -- biomedical research, care coordination and prevention, health information technology, HIV/AIDS, long-term care, Medicaid and SCHIP, medical malpractice, Medicare, mental health parity, prescription drugs, racial and ethnic disparities, transparency and comparative effectiveness, veterans' health, and women's health – issues not necessarily addressed in the candidates' health care reform proposals. These comparisons are based on information compiled from the candidates' Web sites and speeches and campaign debates.

A separate side-by-side comparison of the candidates' health reform proposals is also available on health08.org.

The site now features a new compilation of video clips of the candidates speaking about various aspects of health reform including expanding coverage, employer-sponsored coverage, costs of coverage, the government's role in health care, the insurance market, preventive care and tax subsidies for health insurance.

The clips are drawn from health08.org's extensive webcast library.

Health08.org also will offer a series of election briefs, with facts and background information on important health care issues, as well as broad policy options and questions to help evaluate the candidates' proposals.

The first brief, Covering the Uninsured: Options for Reform is available now. Briefs on health care costs and other health issues will be posted in the coming weeks.

The Foundation's health08.org Web site serves as a hub of information about health and the election, providing original polling and analysis produced by Kaiser, news summaries and videos and podcasts from the campaign trail, and easy access to health-related resources from the campaigns, other organizations and news outlets.

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