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Capitol Health Call
March 14, 2007

State of the Union

JAMA. 2007;297(10):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1050-a

Health insurance reform, a back-burner issue for most of George W. Bush's presidency, moved to the forefront in the President's January 25 State of the Union address.

The President proposed changes to the tax code to give tax breaks to those acquiring lower-cost health insurance plans through an employer or individually. One change, a tax on so-called gold-plated plans (currently those with annual family premiums of $15 000 and above), would lower the tax bills of an estimated 100 million Americans and allow 3 million of the uninsured to enroll for some type of health care coverage, Bush said. He also called for expanding health savings accounts, reducing costs and medical errors with better information technology, and passing medical liability reform.

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