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Capitol Health Call
April 12, 2006

Mileage for Health Care

JAMA. 2006;295(14):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1635-d

The federal government should pay some percentage of health care costs incurred by retired auto workers in exchange for an agreement by the major American automobile manufacturers to produce cars with higher fuel mileage, said Sen Barack Obama (D, Ill).

Obama, speaking before the National Governors Association Ethanol Council on March 1, said the government should subsidize up to 10% of retirement health care costs, freeing up the auto companies' funds for investment in building more fuel-efficient cars. Obama has introduced S 2045 (http://thomas.loc.gov), the Health Care for Hybrids Act, which has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.