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Ensuring Access to Affordable Health Insurance: A Memo to President-elect Obama

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Stuart M. Butler; Nina Owcharenko

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Health (Health care planning)

Keywords: Auto-enrollment; Presidential transition; Private coverage

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


President-elect Obama, during the campaign you pledged to build a health care system in which Americans can be assured of access to affordable health insurance. You guaranteed Americans who already have insurance that nothing would change except that their coverage would be less expensive. You pointed to the health system that Members of Congress have as your model for expanding coverage. And you agreed that choice of doctor and care is a basic principle. These laudable themes struck a chord with Americans