As the NY Times reports this morning, it does seem somewhat incredible that some 4% of US voters still say that they are undecided two days before the election (and a few are apparently ready to flip a coin?!)
If any of those still-undecideds happen upon this website, here’s a set of links to articles on the candidates’ positions on health and science issues:
Health care policy and global health
JAMA has published statements by Obama and McCain describing their respective health care plans.
The New England Journal of Medicine has published many articles on the election, including discussions of the candidates’ health care plans, the challenges facing the next president regarding reproductive health, and more. All of them are available here.
The Lancet evaluates “Obama vs. McCain on global health.”
Mental health and addiction
From PsychCentral: “McCain and Obama on Mental Health and Psychology Issues.”
From Addiction Inbox: An examination of Obama and McCain’s policies in regard to drugs and the drug war.
From the National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health: The Candidates & Party Platforms.”
Science, medical research and bioethics
From Scientific American: “Obama and McCain on science: Where do they stand?” and “Science Questions for Would-be Presidents.”
Obama’s campaign answers questions posed by Nature on science-related policy—very broadly conceived—here and here. (The McCain campaign declined to answer the questionnaire). And here is Nature’s subsequent endorsement of Obama.
Sciencedebate 2008 asks the candidates 14 science-related questions.
An open letter by 76 US Nobel laureates also endorsing Barack Obama.
From the Hastings Center: “Obama and McCain on Bioethics.”
Why not leave undecideds links to independent and third-party links? I’m frustrated that site after site where anthropologists are participating in the dissemination of knowledge, they fall short. If you want to inform people, do it across the board. Otherwise it’s an incomplete project – and you end up reproducing the constraints already defined by corporations, the media, and the democrat/republican machine.