Political Issues

This week, Morning Edition examines some of the issues central to this year's presidential primaries, beginning with health care. NPR's Julie Rovner reports that, with no economic or foreign policy crisis, all four leading candidates are using the issue of health care to define themselves. Senator Bill Bradley champions an ambitious universal coverage plan while Vice President Al Gore supports a more modest approach. Senator John McCain has his own health care plan which would make it easier for senior citizens to afford prescription drugs...and Texas Governor George W. Bush has been denouncing plans for nationalized health care while touting his own state's passage of a patient's bill of rights.

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