Incremental change, rather than wholesale reform, expected from new US president Barack Obama

Lewis, Katie
January 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/6/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 1, p26
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the expected incremental change in the U.S. health care system under the federal government of President-elect Barack Obama. It states that Obama's actual health plans are quite modest compared to the high hopes of many, focusing on expanding Medicaid and making health insurance mandatory for children. It highlights the health plan of Obama which is divided into three parts such as quality, affordable and portable health care coverage for all; modernization of the health care system; and promoting prevention and strengthening public health. It notes that Obama appears to be committed to importing more lower-cost generic drugs to the U.S., a move that's projected to save consumers $30 billion while doubtless distressing brand-name pharmaceutical firms.


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