Ron Pollack

Families USA

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Ron Pollack is the founding executive director of Families USA, a national, nonprofit healthcare-advocacy group for consumers, and founder and board chair of Enroll America, a coalition leading a public education campaign on the roll-out of Obamacare. He was a member of the Clinton Commission that drafted the first Consumer Bill of Rights.

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