Candidates' health plans reflect differing visions

The proper role of government
Campaign prescriptions to reform the U.S. health-care system, as outlined by presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, reflect their contrasting views on the proper role of government.

Individual Christians’ views on which plan more closely reflects biblical principles of justice and charity—and whether either will work at all—may depend on how they view the proper role of government.

One thing is certain: like the industry they seek to reform, the proposals of both of the White House hopefuls are massive and complex.

McCain’s plan focuses on using market forces to drive down health-care costs, thereby shrinking the number of Americans who do not have health insurance by several million.

Obama envisions a stronger government role in expanding access to health insurance for the working poor, as well as placing more responsibility on consumers, the insurance industry and employers for reforming the system.


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