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State of the Union: * Social Security * Health Care

The following analysts will be available Wednesday night and Thursday to comment on policy proposals in the State of the Union address:

DIANA ZUCKERMAN
Zuckerman is president of the National Research Center for Women & Families. She wrote the article “Social Security and Women.”
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BILL SPRIGGS
Spriggs wrote the recent articles “African Americans and Social Security: Why the Privatization Advocates Are Wrong” (in Dollars and Sense magazine) and “Another Mistaken Racial Stereotype: Contrary to the right’s claims, Social Security is a good deal for blacks” (in the American Prospect). He is a senior fellow at the Economic Policy Institute.
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Dr. JOHN GEYMAN
President of Physicians for a National Health Program, Geyman is author of the books The Corporate Transformation of Health Care: Can the Public Interest Still Be Served? and the just-released Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance.
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Dr. QUENTIN YOUNG
National coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, Young has chaired the Department of Medicine at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. The co-founders of the group completed a study published today in Health Affairs, the premier health policy journal, which finds that one-half of U.S. bankruptcies are related to health expense and illness. The group argues that medical savings accounts that Bush backs would exacerbate the problem.

Health Affairs Study
Chicago Tribune article on the study

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167