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Obama and Canadian Healthcare

President Obama is in Canada today.

CLAUDIA FEGAN
and via Mark Almberg
Co-author of the book Universal Health Care: What the United States Can Learn from the Canadian Experience, Fegan is former president of Physicians for a National Health Program. She said today: “Obama has said that if we were starting over, a Canadian-style system would be the way to go. Well, we seem to be revamping a fair amount in the financial sector. We should start over in the healthcare sector.

“For about half of what the U.S. spends per person on healthcare, Canada provides coverage to everyone within its borders. Meanwhile, we in the U.S. have nearly 50 million people without coverage. Our current healthcare system is damaging the rest of the economy. For example, healthcare costs are a huge part of what’s bringing down the big automakers.”

Physicians for a National Health Program is part of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, which is holding a congressional forum on healthcare policy on Feb. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: Danielle E. Alexander, danielle@pnhp.org
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