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McCain in Ohio to discuss his health care platform

McCain says a nationalized system of coverage is a move in the wrong direction.

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SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (R): Despite the shining examples of the high achievement of American medical science, our health care system falls short of providing quality care at low cost to all Americans. Underlying the many things that trouble our health care system are the fundamental cost problems and costs. Cost and access, cost and access, cost and access are the problems with health care in America, not quality of health care in America. There are those who are convinced that the solution is to move closer to a nationalized health care system. They urge universal coverage with all the tax increases, new mandates, and government regulation that come along with that idea. And the next time you think that the government should take over the health care system in America, go to our airport and go through security. The key to real reform is to restore control over our health care system and restore it to the patients themselves, which is what you are doing here at Cleveland clinic. American families should only pay for getting the right care, care that is intended to improve and safeguard their health. When families are informed about medical choices, they’re more capable of making their own decisions, less likely to choose the most expensive and often not necessary options; and are more satisfied with their choices.

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