Sen. McCain's statement on underinsured Americans

As our nation's health care costs continue to spiral out of control, it's no surprise that the number of underinsured – people who have health coverage that does not sufficiently protect them from high medical expenses – continues to rise.

Bringing costs under control is the only way to stop the erosion of affordable and quality health insurance for all Americans. This will require a fundamental shift from the current culture of our health care system. My plan does just that.

I believe American families, not Washington, should be in charge of their health care dollars and have more control over their care. We can improve quality and reduce costs by promoting competition throughout our health care system, better managing chronic conditions, harnessing the power of technology and promoting prevention that will keep millions from developing debilitating diseases.     

By rewarding high-quality care and improved outcomes we can create a quality-focused, accountable health care system that puts the patients back in charge.