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Capitol Health Call
February 14, 2007

Universal Health Coverage

JAMA. 2007;297(6):581. doi:10.1001/jama.297.6.581-c

With Democrats taking control of both houses of Congress, it did not take long for universal health coverage to become a major topic for discussion.

On January 9, Sen Edward Kennedy (D, Mass), the new chairman of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, brought together health policy experts to discuss the pros and cons of expanding Medicare-type coverage to all individuals in the United States by 2010.

“Members of the House and Senate have a guaranteed health plan for ourselves and our families,” Kennedy said at the hearing. “It is time to provide the same guarantee for every man, woman, and child in the nation.”

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