Health Care: - Work to reduce drug prices across the board - Allow small businesses to 'group together' to help lower premiums. - Fund federal clinic and medical coverage by adding a 'sin' tax to tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. - Raise standards for veterans care. - Remove limits on health care. 100% health care coverage for all Americans. - Remove abuses caused by outrageous markups on services. In order to reduce drug prices I will allow access to the lower priced drugs available in Canada. In most cases, these are the same drugs as in the US, made by the same companies, to the same standards. This immoral restriction costs our seniors millions each year that they can not afford. I will encourage faster release of generic drugs to force costs down as well. I will roll back certain restrictions that cause drugs to take up to 10 times longer to develop, the delay which costs thousands of lives each year. By rolling back these restrictions, development costs will also lower, and the drug companies will be encouraged to pass that savings on to the consumer. As part of my plan to get every American covered by a health plan, I will allow small businesses to 'buy in bulk' or joining together to obtain affordable health coverage for their employees. We all know that when you buy in bulk you save, with this plan, we all will. Employeers will be able to both save money and offer more to their employees. I will use a portion of the 'sin' tax from tobacco and plan proposed marijuana legalization plan to add significant funding to our health system. This money will go to help cover clinics in depressed neighborhoods. Every one deserves to be cared for. We spend billions funding clinics in other countries, while here in the richest country in the world, children are still dying because they can't get treatment. This has got to stop. Our veterans have sacrificed and suffered for us. The level of care available to them is simply appauling. Reports indicate that the system is corrupt, the care abysmal, and worse. http://www.aim.org/media_monitor_print/363_0_2_0/ http://www.dctvny.org/videolibrary/codeD/D405.html I will demand a complete overhall of the system, removing the corrupt and holding them responsible for their abuses. I will gut the system and build it anew to provide our veterans with the care they deserve, and staff it with medical professionals who are patient oriented. The short list of abuses heaped upon an already over burdened people include the outrageous costs and restrictions on drugs, the lack of quality health care for all Americans, and the embarasingly poor state of our Veterans system. It also includes the insane insurance premiums forced upon doctors by a legal system gone mad, excessive testing, doctored records, and more. My plan calls for dealing with the abuses of the malpractice system which often only results in lawyers making the money. Physicians will be held liable for malpractice, but not for problems beyond their control. Courts today often impose malpractice penalties on physicians who have done nothing wrong so that patients can access the "deep pockets" of insurers. The result has been skyrocketing premiums for doctors, driving up prices and causing many practitioners to abandon high-risk specialties such as obstetrics. Government-mandated red tape increases the paperwork burden for physicians and their staff. Medicare and Medicaid come with an additional layer of busy work for over-extended physicians, with criminal penalties for clerical mistakes. More and more doctors are refusing to treat patients with government "insurance" to avoid the red tape, late payments, and poor compensation that have become a hallmark of these programs. I will cut the 'red tape', require an independant validation of all cases take place to ensure that only legit cases are heard, and bar lawyers who fail the requirements from trying cases. By doing all this, we can provide quality affordable health care to all Americans, regardless of their economic situation.