Kaiser Releases Prez Candidate Health Proposal Comparison Tool

October 16, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The Kaiser Family Foundation released an interactive online tool to compare the health care proposals of presidential candidates.

A Kaiser news release said the tool, 2008 Presidential Candidate Health Care Proposals: Side-by-Side Summary, is available at http://www.health08.org/sidebyside.cfm . It summarizes positions in four overall categories: access to health care coverage, cost containment, improving the quality of care and financing, according to the announcement.

The site allows users to customize side-by-side comparisons by selecting as many as four candidates for comparison that can then be formatted into a printer-friendly format. Users will also be able to print out documents comparing all the Democratic candidates and all the Republican candidates.

The candidates’ summaries were prepared by Foundation staff with the assistance of Health Policy Alternatives, the announcement said.

The details on the site are based on information appearing on the candidates’ Web sites and supplemented with information from candidate speeches, the campaign debates and news reports. The sources of information are identified for each candidate’s summary, Kaiser said.