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December 11/25, 2000

A Bold Proposal to Achieve Near-Universal Health Care Coverage in the United States

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(22):3354. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.22.3354

IN A RECENT editorial in the ARCHIVES,1 I discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of health care in America. I described as "ugly" the fact that at least 43 million Americans lack health insurance, and as a result lack access to optimal health care. I compared our health care system to other industrial nations where all citizens have health insurance.

As I began to receive letters in response to my editorial, one question appeared in almost every letter: what do you suggest that we do about it? A very good question! It is far easier to find problems than it is to solve them. It is my opinion that we can achieve near-universal health care coverage for all Americans.

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