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McCain seeks tax credit to help buy health insurance

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - John McCain says he wants to change how Americans get their health insurance.

The Republican presidential candidate is proposing a shift away from job-based coverage toward an open market where consumers can choose from competing policies.

The Arizona senator is also suggesting a $5,000 tax credit to help people buy insurance policies. Everyone would get the credit, whether he or she keeps a policy through an employer or shops for a new one.

He made the proposals during a speech today at a cancer research center in Tampa, Florida.

Critics of McCain's approach say it could leave sicker or older people without coverage. The McCain campaign says there would be a safety net to protect high-risk people.

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