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Obama’s team hopes to lower healthcare costs and increase insurance coverage

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1591
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The opportunity for health reform in the United States is greater now than it has been in more than 50 years, according to a government adviser on health in the country.

    The director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle, told a breakfast meeting of reporters this week that the twin goals are to lower costs and extend coverage to people who are uninsured.

    Ms DeParle, whose background includes Harvard Law School, a master’s degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and extensive national experience with healthcare finance, is a counsellor to the president, Barack Obama.

    “All of the groups who were at different sides of the table 15 years ago are …

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