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2008 Elections

Mike Gravel on Health Care


Critical to the issue of health care, according to Gravel, is removing the burden from the business community and making American products more competitive in the world marketplace. Using part of the progressive Fair Tax, which seeks to replace the Internal Revenue Service and income tax with a national retail sales tax, Gravel says the U.S. government could offer universal health care for all citizens at no cost using health care vouchers. All citizens would have to do is sign up for the program and choose one of five insurance plans and/or a Medicare-type plan. At the Democratic Health Care Forum in Las Vegas in March, Gravel noted the vouchers would have "a very modest co-pay." Because his voucher plan would cover all Americans and factor in expenses for factors like age, Gravel believes in phasing out Medicare and Medicaid.


Gravel's campaign Web site: Find out more about Gravel's position on health care issues.


YouTube video:
In a May 2007 YouTube video, Gravel outlines his plan for a universal health care system using vouchers.


YouTube video:
In a April 2007 podcast interview, Gravel explains what sets his health care plan apart from other candidates'.


Washington Monthly (June 2005): Solved! (Explanation on how a health care vouchers systems work.)


— Las Vegas Sun intern April Corbin compiled this report.

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