Kerry is proposing no government takeover of health care, as Bush alleges. But he is proposing that the government spend money to provide health care to tens of millions of uninsured Americans. Bush, by contrast, proposes modest steps that produce modest results.
Kerry’s proposal aims to build on existing systems — both government-provided and employer-provided coverage.
Bush’s plan pursues a new conservative philosophy that leaves it to individuals to find health coverage or pay their own medical bills, with tax incentives to help.