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Editor's note: This chart features brief summaries of candidates' viewpoints on some issues, based on their statements and records. Most candidates have offered more comprehensive explanations of their positions on these and other issues. More information may be found on their campaign Web sites.
Drug costs
Medicare solvency
Prescription drugs benefit
Nationalized health care
Sue HMOs
Backs universal health care plan to cut bureaucracy, costs
Supports fusing Medicare, Medicaid into tax-based plan
Backs universal health care plan to drop costs, up benefits
Advocates universal single-payer, income tax-based plan
Universal plan would resolve issues
Allow purchase of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada
Competitive bidding for services; cheaper drugs to lower costs
For comprehensive, meaningful, affordable benefit for seniors
Insurance for all through 22; make it cheap to buy federal insurance
Against subsidizing HMOs by forcing people to join, lose options
Supports re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada
Guarantee Medicare funding for retirees
Supports benefit legislation pending in Congress
Add programs to expand coverage, not full nationalization
Dismisses this issue to focus expanding health coverage
Supports re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada
Simplify enrollment and control costs
Supports adding drug benefit to Medicare
Proposes health insurance coverage for all children
Supports right to sue HMO decisions after appeal
Bring low-cost generic drugs to market sooner
Protect patients; amend reimbursement rates for doctors
For Medicare benefit that does not rely on private insurers
Tax credits to employers; expand public and private entities
Fully supports patients to sue negligent insurance providers
Backed bringing low-cost, generic drugs to market faster
Would target fraud and abuse in Medicare, expand coverage
Pushed universal benefit with no deductible, govt. co-pay
Backs multistep plan to extend govt. programs to uninsured
Offered compromise health plan that included right to sue
Close loopholes; financial incentives to lower drug costs
Fund all health care by rescinding tax cuts, cutting waste
Tighten rules on drug companies; focus on seniors, vets
Let people buy into govt. system, fund by reversing Tax cuts
Allow patients to sue HMOs, collect money for damages
Regulate drug prices, drug company profits
Preserve Medicare; get bulk discounts; target HMOs if needed
Help seniors; keep prices low with stable, affordable drug benefits
A universal privately delivered, publicly financed system
Action against HMOs putting its profits ahead of patients
Backed bringing low-cost, generic drugs to market quicker
Do not force seniors to HMOs, but fix public system
Supports adding drug benefit to Medicare
Supports advancing availability, new MediKids program
Supports a patient's bill of rights to allow HMO lawsuits
No public position available
No public position available
No public position available
Favors a national, government-funded single-payer plan
No public position available
Supports reducing drug costs for low-income patients
Introduce private sector competition to reduce costs
Supports adding drug benefit to Medicare
Favors improving current system over government-based system
Would place limits on patient lawsuits against HMOs
Drug costs
Medicare solvency
Prescription drugs benefit
Nationalized health care
Sue HMOs
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• AG: Attorney General; ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; CAFÉ: Standards that provide tax and other incentives for consumers to purchase and alternative fuel vehicles; COPS: Community Oriented Policing Program; DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act; GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered; NCLB: No Child Left Behind; NMD: National Missile Defense.
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