A Partisan Divide On Health Care Reform While both John McCain and Barack Obama agree that the American health care system needs reform, the candidates differ markedly in their vision of the remedy. Political scientist Jonathan Oberlander offers an in-depth comparison of the candidates' proposals.

A Partisan Divide On Health Care Reform

A Partisan Divide On Health Care Reform

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Though John McCain and Barack Obama agree that America's health care system needs reform, the candidates differ markedly in their vision of the remedy.

Political scientist Jonathan Oberlander offers an in-depth comparison of the Obama and McCain health proposals. Oberland compared the candidates in his report, "The Partisan Divide — The McCain and Obama Plans for U.S. Health Care Reform," which was published Aug. 21, 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Oberlander is an associate professor of social medicine and health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.