This month's entire issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, is devoted to the nation's healthcare system. It includes, among other concerns, a report that three million children have no health insurance even though their parents do because many families are forced to cut costs somewhere.
Dr. Jennifer DeVoe, of the Oregon Health and Science University says, "One month they were able to afford it. Then the next month the gas, the electricity, the rent went up, so they had to drop the coverage".
Also in the October issue of JAMA, both presidential candidates laid out their plans for healthcare reform. Barack Obama says he would require insurance for all children and set up group health coverage for people who do not have it at work. John McCain's plan would offer a $5000 tax credit to help pay for coverage.