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The State of Health Care

The U.S. health care system is not healthy and Americans are worried.

The U.S. health care system is not healthy and Americans are worried. In his State of the Union address last year, President Bush promised to provide Americans with “affordable health care.” Yet, while the United States continues to spend more than any other country on health care, nearly 47 million Americans—a record high—remain uninsured. With the cost of health care a top concern of the American public, the president will likely address the issue in this year’s State of the Union address. But rather than provide solutions that would extend affordable coverage to all Americans, Bush appears ready to re-hash his tired, unpopular proposals for expanding consumer-driven health care and continue his efforts to unravel the employer-based health care system by changing the tax treatment of some employer-sponsored health benefits.

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