Friday, September 03, 2004

PResedential Platforms: Part 2

HEALTH CARE:

Bush

Established new, tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSA) which allow Americans to own and control their own health care.

Opened or expanded community and rural health centers with the goal of serving an additional 6.1 million people who live in underserved and rural areas.

Granted waivers and flexibility to states to extend eligibility under Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to an estimated 2.6 million low-income Americans.

Implemented a new rule to lower drug costs for millions of Americans by strengthening competition between generic and brand-name drugs, saving American consumers more than $35 billion in drug costs over the next ten years.

Good ideas all. I think an HSA is a good idea. I myself have a MSA and wouldn't change it.

Kerry
Cut Your Premiums
John Kerry and John Edwards will cut family premiums by up to $1,000. That's $1,000 in real savings people can use to buy groceries, pay the bills, and save for their children's future. And that will mean more jobs and more competitive American businesses.

Cover All Americans With Quality Care
The Kerry-Edwards plan will give every American access to the range of high-quality, affordable plans available to members of Congress and extend coverage to 95 percent of Americans, including every American child. Their plan will also fight to erase the health disparities that persist along racial and economic lines, ensure that people with HIV and AIDS have the care they need, end discrimination against Americans with disabilities and mental illnesses, and ensure equal treatment for mental illness in our health system.

Provide Affordable Prescriptions
The Kerry-Edwards plan will reduce prescription drug prices by allowing the re-importation of safe prescription drugs from Canada, overhauling the Medicare drug plan, ensuring low-cost drugs, and ending artificial barriers to generic drug competition.

Cut Waste And Inefficiency
Today, approximately 25 percent of health care costs are wasted on paperwork and administrative processing. The Kerry-Edwards plan harnesses American ingenuity to cut waste, save billions, and take new steps to ensure patient privacy.

How will they cut premiums? I think allowing reimportation is a good idea and competition is always a good thing.

What I wonder is, how did health care become a federal issue? Isn't it a persons responsibility to make sure they have either the money or the insurance to cover their health needs? Why should my money go to pay for others health care?

NATIONAL DEFENSE:

Bush
Combating Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Many in the world seek to use the world's most dangerous weapons against us. The President's national security strategy gives regimes a choice. They can choose to pursue Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) at great peril, cost, and international isolation. Or they can choose to renounce these weapons, take steps to rejoin the international community, and have the help of the United States and the world in creating a better future for their citizens.

Create a National Intelligence Director - President Bush will work with Congress to create the position of a National Intelligence Director who will serve as the President's principal intelligence advisor and oversee the foreign and domestic activities of the intelligence community.

Establish a National Counterterrorism Center - A National Counterterrorism Center will build on the analytical work of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center and become our Government's knowledge bank for information about known and suspected terrorists.

Reform Congressional Oversight - President Bush will work with Congress to restructure and strengthen legislative oversight of intelligence and homeland security.

Improve and Coordinate Intelligence Resources - President Bush and his Administration will improve the quality and quantity of human intelligence collection to disrupt terrorist attacks.

The President will work with Congress to invest more in our technical intelligence capabilities so that we stay ahead of our enemies.
President Bush will ensure the most effective and coordinated use of intelligence, operational resources, and personnel.

America Must Continue to Adapt to the Challenges of the 21st Century - President Bush will continue leading the transformation of our Nation's Armed Forces. America will develop a lighter, faster, more lethal force, with the best training for the new challenges of the new century.

American Forces Overseas Will Be Restructured to Use Existing Forces More Effectively and More Efficiently Support Servicemen, Servicewomen, and Their Families - After three years of extensive review and consultation with Congress and our allies around the world, President Bush has begun the most comprehensive restructuring of the U.S. military presence overseas since the end of the Korean War. His new initiative will bring home many Cold War-era forces while deploying more flexible and rapidly deployable capabilities in strategic locations around the world.

Continue to Strengthen Security at Every identified Vulnerability - President Bush will tighten border security by hiring additional border patrol agents, increasing unmanned aerial vehicle flights and remote video surveillance, and expanding biometric identification at the top fifty land ports of entry by the end of 2004.
Use Advanced Technology to Protect Against WMD Attacks - President Bush has already announced Project BioShield, which will fund cutting-edge countermeasures against a biological, chemical, nuclear, or radiological attack.

Build on the USA PATRIOT Act to Strengthen Communication, Cooperation, and Coordination at Every Level of Intelligence and Law Enforcement - President Bush will work to renew the critical provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act so that law enforcement has the tools necessary to defend the country.

I don't see anything wrong with any of the above.

Kerry
Launch And Lead A New Era Of Alliances
The threat of terrorism demands alliances on a global scale - to utilize every available resource to get the terrorists before they can strike at us. As president, John Kerry will lead a coalition of the able - because no force on earth is more able than the United States and its allies.

Modernize The World's Most Powerful Military To Meet New Threats
John Kerry and John Edwards have a plan to transform the world's most powerful military to better address the modern threats of terrorism and proliferation, while ensuring that we have enough properly trained and equipped troops to meet our enduring strategic and regional missions.

Deploy All That Is In America's Arsenal
The war on terror cannot be won by military might alone. As president, John Kerry will deploy all the forces in America's arsenal - our diplomacy, our intelligence system, our economic power, and the appeal of our values and ideas - to make America more secure and prevent a new generation of terrorists from emerging.

Free America From Its Dangerous Dependence On Mideast Oil
To secure our full independence and freedom, we must free America from its dangerous dependence on Mideast oil. By tapping American ingenuity, we can achieve that goal while growing our economy and protecting our environment.

AS I've said on a number of occasions, I think this is the most important thing we can do. Unfortunately, Kerry doesn't give me a reason to be confident in him. He talks a good talk but I don't see any specifics on how he will go about this.

These are the things that concern me most. As I said, everything was taken from the candidates websites. If Kerry really wants to gain my vote, he needs to give me more information on how he intends to do the things he wants done. If Bush wants to gain my vote, he needs to learn how to say no to things.

This is going to be an interesting election cycle, it already has been. We need to really study who we think will do the best job for us. Both candidates have a lot in common on certain things so, it comes down to, what is important to you.

The information was obtained from the following websites.

George Bush

John Kerry