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The Candidates:
• George W. Bush
• John Kerry
• Ralph Nader
• Third Parties
Showdown States:
The Conventions:
• Democratic
• Republican

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Editor's note: This chart features brief summaries of candidates' viewpoints on some issues, based on their statements and records. Most candidates have offered more comprehensive explanations of their positions on these and other issues. More information may be found on their campaign Web sites.
Drug costs
Medicare solvency
Prescription drugs benefit
Nationalized health care
Sue HMOs
Supports reducing drug costs for low-income patients
Introduce private sector competition to reduce costs
Supports adding drug benefit to Medicare
Favors improving current system over government-based system
Would place limits on patient lawsuits against HMOs
Close loopholes; financial incentives to lower drug costs
Fund all health care by rescinding tax cuts, cutting waste
Tighten rules on drug companies; focus on seniors, vets
Let people buy into govt. system, fund by reversing Tax cuts
Allow patients to sue HMOs, collect money for damages
Challenge drug industry, negotiate for cheaper drugs
Says single-payer system will fix program's "precarious future"
Universal health care addresses issues, lowers drug prices
Single-payer program with full coverage for all
Get insurance companies out of health care administration
Drug costs
Medicare solvency
Prescription drugs benefit
Nationalized health care
Sue HMOs
• AG: Attorney General; ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; CAFÉ: Standards that provide tax and other incentives for consumers to purchase and alternative fuel vehicles; COPS: Community Oriented Policing Program; DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act; GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered; NCLB: No Child Left Behind; NMD: National Missile Defense.
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