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NewsFlash: January 23, 2007

Bush Health Plan No Cure

In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Bush is expected to propose new tax incentives to encourage more Americans to purchase health insurance on their own in the private market. In an analysis just posted to the Economic Policy Institute’s website, economist Elise Gould reveals the glaring deficiencies in the administration’s proposal: It will further undermine the already eroding system of employer-paid coverage, does little to increase the overall number of people with health coverage, and will – despite the administration’s claims that this is a progressive plan – continue to put quality health coverage beyond the reach of the Americans who need it most.

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