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.