The Black Vote

Where Should It Go?

Kerry would establish a National Education Trust of $200 billion over 10 years. An additional $10 billion a year would be committed to hire more teachers and shrink class sizes. The fund would support special education programs, college prep curricula, and provide school modernization bonds for school construction.

Healthcare: Kerry’s health plan would cover all children and millions more adults than are now covered by extending state-based programs. The plan will pick up the full cost of coverage for the more than 20 million children enrolled in Medicaid. In exchange, states would expand coverage for families living at up to 200% of poverty and for childless adults living below poverty. He would allow the reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada to give Americans access to substantial discounts. Kerry would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate better prices for prescription drugs, instead of paying industry set prices.

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