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Boston Globe: My Health Plan Will Cover Everyone

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By Senator Barack Obama

An editorial on May 30 stated that my universal health care plan would not cover everyone. That's simply inaccurate. My plan will cover every American.

Under my plan, the uninsured can buy health care similar to what federal employees have. No one would be denied health insurance because of preexisting conditions or illnesses. If you cannot afford insurance, you'll receive a subsidy to pay for it. If you have children, they'll be covered. If you change jobs, your insurance will go with you.

Once this plan is implemented, if you're still not covered, we'll find a way to cover you. We have the resources set aside to cover everyone.

But a truly universal plan cannot stop at coverage. It must take unprecedented steps to address the skyrocketing cost of health care. And my plan will cut the cost of every family's premiums by up to $2,500.

The major reason that 45 million Americans don't have health care is not that they don't want it, it's that they can't afford it. If we require people to purchase insurance before we bring down its cost, we'll make a bad problem worse.

If we want to cover everyone, we must cut costs for everyone.

Senator Barack Obama


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