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Capitol Health Call
July 12, 2006

Universal Health Care Advised

JAMA. 2006;296(2):161. doi:10.1001/jama.296.2.161-a

The Citizens' Health Care Working Group, a committee established by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, issued interim recommendations on June 2 calling for basic health insurance for all US citizens. Its recommendations include

• Affordable health care for all as a matter of public policy

• A “core” benefits package

• Guaranteed financial protection against high health care costs