Robert Zirkelbach

Spokesman, America's Health Insurance Plans

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Spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, which lobbies in Washington on behalf of the health insurance industry

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In writing  healthcare reform , Congress required that Americans buy health insurance by 2014, but declined to empower the government to set a fair price.

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In writing healthcare reform , Congress required that Americans buy health insurance by 2014, but declined to empower the government to set a fair price.

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After a month on the sidelines, President Obama attempted to re-frame the debate on healthcare reform with a  major address  last night to a joint session of Congress.

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President Obama told last night's joint session of Congress, the bickering and game playing should be over. " Now is the time to deliver on healthcare ."

The Pitch Is History, Did He Make the Sale?

President Obama told last night's joint session of Congress, the bickering and game playing should be over. " Now is the time to deliver on healthcare ."

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