Bush, Kerry highlight health reform differences

September 1, 2004

Washington, D.C.-Although economic growth and Iraq/terrorism are the top issues shaping voter decisions this election year, healthcare tops the second tier, emerging as an area where both candidates believe they can map out distinctive positions. Republicans see the gap narrowing between those voters who believe that Democrats will handle healthcare issues better than Republicans and expect to gain by touting their efforts to expand Medicare. The Bush campaign aims to "build on our success," says campaign health policy advisor Megan Hauck, by backing association health plans, refundable tax credits, additional tax breaks for health savings accounts, and support for health information technology.