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Health care reform and 2008 elections: New reports examine candidates' plans, public's views
Date:1/15/2008

ates, Senators Clinton and Obama and former Senator Edwards would roll back or let expire the tax cuts of the past few years for high income households, in addition to using employer and individual contributions to premiums. However, the lack of details makes it unclear if the amount of financing they have specified will be sufficient.

According to the studys authors, health care reform plan design is key to ensuring that the reforms have a deep impact on the countrys ability to make significant, long-lasting improvements in access to care, equity, quality of care, efficiency, and cost control. The authors state that the most important feature of any health care reform will be its ability to provide health insurance and access to health care for all.

For too long Americans have paid top dollar for a health care system that doesnt give them access to the high quality health care they deserve, said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. By enacting the right reforms in the right way, we can ensure that all Americans can benefit from receiving the care they need to stay healthy, cure acute conditions, and keep chronic health problems well-controlled.


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Contact: Mary Mahon
mm@cmwf.org
212-606-3853
Commonwealth Fund
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