Kaiser Health News has reviewed the Republican presidential candidates' records and statements on health care; we’ve boiled them down here. Click through for a review of their health care platforms.
Newt Gingrich: He has worked on health care issues since 1974 and writes in his 21st Century Contract With America that repealing the 2010 health care law would be the first task of his administration. He now opposes the 2010 law's individual mandate -- though he has been criticized for previously supporting it. He advocates for tax credits or deductions for purchasing insurance.(AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN)
Ron Paul: The small-government member of congress from Texas proposes redirecting money from defense spending and foreign aid to fund care for current Medicare beneficiaries. Yet he wants to eliminate the program in the long term. Paul’s plan to replace Medicare? Allowing insurers to sell across state lines and expanding the use of individual health-savings accounts.(CHET SUSSLIN)
Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor has attempted to squash the “Obamney-care” charge ever since the start of his campaign. Though he worked with Massachusetts Democrats to enact a state law that required most residents to have health insurance, Romney argues that a state-based approach is different—and ultimately more successful—than a federal mandate. If elected president, Romney said he would put out a plan that would "not be identical, but shares objectives" with the Medicare reforms laid out in the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.(AP PHOTO/CHARLIE RIEDEL)
Rick Santorum: He places high priority on the repeal of the 2010 health care law. During a speech marking the 67th anniversary of D-Day, Santorum took the opportunity to criticize the law, saying that American soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy and "risked everything to make sure you could make your own decisions on your health care plan." He has used his opposition to the law to advance his argument that Obama is an "elite snob" who thinks he knows better than the consumer.(AP PHOTO/ERIC GAY)