Important Issues Debated By Presidential Candidates of 2008

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Important Issues Debated By Presidential Candidates of 2008 America is in need of a change from the Bush administration. The presidential election of 2008 is a historic moment in American politics because for the first time in America’s history, an African-American and a woman are running for president. The contenders are Barack Obama, a former United States senator, and Hillary Clinton, a former first lady and currently a senator. It has been a tight race for each of the Democratic candidates with no clear winner in sight. Another candidate is John McCain, who is running for the Republican party. In the upcoming election, there are three important issues to address. These issues include the health care system, immigration, and the war with Iraq. Most Americans are dissatisfied with our current health care system. A recent magazine article states that “only sixteen percent of us are happy” with our health care (Klein 1). Health care premiums cost a high amount of money. Many Americans can’t afford health care. News reports from CNN state that “about 46.6 million people in the United States were without health care insurance in 2005, including 8.3 million children, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released last year” Steinhauser, Crowley 1). This is an important issue because the system needs to be changed to satisfy more Americans. In 1993, while her husband was president, Hillary Clinton tried to change the health care system. However, Republicans, pharmaceutical industries, and medical industries opposed the plan calling it “socialized medicine.” Clinton believes that health care should be right and wants to make it a law that everyone should receive health care. As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton promises that her new health care plan will be affordable, available, and reliable. Her plan includes tax credits. These tax credits will provide working families health care for only a limited percentage of their income. Also, everyone is
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entitled to health care and people can still keep their health care whether they lose or change their job. On the Republican side, McCain wants to lower health care costs, also, and to allow all people access to proper health care. He wants to promote competition on the cost and quality of care. He believes there should be different varieties of insurance to better assist a person’s needs. He is also offering a tax credit of $2,500 to provide all individuals an incentive for insurance
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