Dole Stands on Health Care
Dole Favors Common Sense, Free Market Health-Care Reforms
Losing health insurance coverage or facing obstacles to obtaining such coverage
is a real concern for many Americans. We need insurance reform -- but the
answer is not a federal government takeover of the health care industry. Bob
Dole supports consumer choice, open enrollment and portability of medical
In 1994, Dole introduced a health care reform bill which had no price controls,
no mandates and no taxes. The bill took on a common sense, free market approach
to health-care reform, focusing primarily on insurance reform, while offering
subsidies to help low-income Americans buy health insurance.
As President, he will:
- Seek ways to make health
care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.
- Ensure that individuals who
change jobs do not lose their coverage or face pre-existing condition
- Give self-employed individuals
the same tax deductions that large corporations have to buy health
- Make Medical Savings
Accounts a real option available to all Americans.
- Support efforts to make
community and home based care more readily available.
Medicaid Should Serve Low-Income
Families in a More Effective Way
Medicaid reform is crucial. The states should be given the opportunity to
redesign their programs without the heavy hand of the federal government,
so that they can serve low-income families and the disabled in a more
efficient and effective way.
As President, Bob Dole will overhaul the nation's Medicaid system by
giving greater control to state governments who best know the needs of the
low-income and disabled populations in their state.
Bob Dole Will Propose Innovative
Solutions to Address Long-Term Care Needs
Bob Dole believes that access and funding for long-term care is as serious
a problem as any before us. As President, Bob Dole will:
- Propose a tax deduction for
families who care for their elderly parents or family members.
- Encourage the development of
private long-term care insurance and provide government help for those
wishing to purchase the coverage but unable to afford it.
- Expand the options for
long-term care beyond institutional care to include home, hospice and
community-based care alternatives.
- Support efforts to ensure
the quality of nursing home care and to adequately protect against spousal
Bob Dole Will Save Medicare from
Bob Dole is committed to protecting, improving and strengthening Medicare.
Last spring, a study supported by three members of Bill Clinton's own
Cabinet showed that Medicare will be bankrupt in five years. Bob Dole will
act now to save Medicare for future generations. As President, Bob Dole will:
- Lead the effort to save
Medicare from insolvency -- guaranteeing that Medicare will be available
to future generations.
- Support giving Medicare
beneficiaries the right to choose the kind of coverage that best fits
their own priorities and needs. Bob Dole thinks that they should be given
the same kind of choices that federal government employees have had for
- Advocate innovative ideas
like Medical Savings Accounts and managed care as well as traditional
- Recommend the establishment
of a blue-ribbon bipartisan advisory commission -- similar to the one he
served on in 1983 that saved Social Security -- to solve the Medicare
A Better America
As President, Bob Dole will use common sense solutions to reform the
health care industry. Americans won't fear losing their health care
benefits when they leave their jobs. States will be given the freedom to
reform Medicaid. And Americans in need of long-term care will have more
opportunities. Smaller government. Stronger and safer families
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