(CNN)—Embarking on a week long health care tour Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday he wants to transform the health care system and lower costs by putting the families back in charge and not the government.
“I’m convinced that the wrong way to go is to turn over your lives to the government and hope it will all be fine,” McCain told a group of supporters at Miami Children’s Hospital. “We must move away from a system that is fragmented and pays for expensive procedures toward one where a family has a medical home...where the focus is on affordable quality outcomes.”
It remains undecided who the presumptive Republican nominee will face in the fall, but both and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have made health care a central theme of their campaigns, arguing for more universal health care coverage.
Clinton’s plan would mandate individual coverage for all, while Obama’s would only require coverage for children.
The Arizona senator is expected to travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and Iowa this week as part of his “Call to Action tour.”