What Does 'Universal' Healthcare Reform Really Mean?

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Barack Obama says healthcare reform is required for economic recovery. There’s a growing consensus that the time for action is now. By "universal," Obama does not mean healthcare provided and paid for by government. He wants to build on the current, employer-based system. "Universal" has come to mean guaranteed or mandatory health insurance for every American. What will it look like? What will be government’s role? Asked, can we afford to do it? Barack Obama replies with his own question. "Can we afford not to?"




Warren Olney