Urban Issues: Healt Care by Gotham Gazette Staff, Feb 23, 2004 TwitterÂ URBAN ISSUES - HEALTH CARE â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ John Edwards Edward’s health care plan would cover an additional 21 million Americans at a cost of $53 billion per year. He would require that every American under the age of 21 has health insurance. Parents would have the primary responsibility to insure their children, but he would provide tax credits to help them pay for it. He would also expand existing programs for small businesses and employees between jobs. John Kerry Kerry’s health care plan would cover 27 million uninsured Americans. Kerry proposes allowing every American access to the healthcare plan currently offered to federal employees. He would reimburse employee health plans for the most expensive cases. He also plans to spend $72 billion over five years to offer health coverage for low-income people and children. Dennis Kucinich Kucinich would replace the current health care system with a national health insurance policy. He would finance it with a 7.7 percent tax on employers. It would be similar to the Canadian system. The plan to give all Americans health care coverage would cost an estimated $1.5 trillion a year. Al Sharpton Sharpton would create a national health care plan that is publicly financed by the government through taxes on the wealthiest Americans. George W. Bush In 2003, President Bush signed into law the most sweeping changes to Medicare since the creation of program in 1965. As part of the reforms, he added a prescription drug benefit for senior citizens. Health experts are still divided on what these changes will mean for New York City in the long term. For the future, Bush advocates for greater patient choices and $117 billion in tax breaks to help the uninsured pay for health care. â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ Back to Urban Issues Main Page â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ GOTHAM GAZETTE’S RELATED ARTICLES â€˘ Urban Agenda: Health Care â€˘ Medicare Reforms and New York City Tweet Editor's Choice Everything Dot NYC Council 2.0: Rules Reform Outlines Next Steps in Open Data Overdue & Over Budget, Capital Projects Roll On Comments Comment(s) The comments section is provided as a free service to our readers. Gotham Gazette's editors reserve the right to delete any comments. Some reasons why comments might get deleted: inappropriate or offensive content, off-topic remarks or spam.