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Commentary
May 6, 2009

Employment and US Health Care ReformSaving Jobs While Cutting Costs

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and LABiomed, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California (Dr Sessions); and Departments of Health Policy Management and Evaluation and Medicine, University of Toronto; and Departments of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Detsky).

JAMA. 2009;301(17):1811-1813. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.571

The United States has arrived at another critical juncture in the history of health care reform and efforts to achieve universal health insurance coverage. Health care was an important theme of the 2008 election and President Obama as well as congressional leaders have stated that they hope to enact reform legislation within the year.1,2 Even before the current economic downturn began, 16% of the population lacked insurance and history indicates that number will increase with increasing unemployment.3

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