How They Would Fix It

With 1 in 6 Americans uninsured, you might expect the presidential candidates to avidly court this large constituency. Not so. Bush and Kerry have plans out to extend medical coverage to some uninsured, but they were pitching their health plans last week to seniors and middle-class voters, who are upset about rising health-care costs. In Michigan, Bush went on the attack, calling Kerry's plan a "government takeover," while in Albuquerque, N.M., Kerry said Bush had spent four years as President with "no real plan" to deal with America's health-care problems.

A look behind the rhetoric: in general, Kerry's plan relies on...

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