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January 14, 2004

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Given the growing stress being placed on the nation's health care system, the exacerbated health problems, and the substantial societal costs that result from more than 43 million Americans lacking health insurance, the president and Congress should strive to achieve universal health coverage in the United States by 2010, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The committee that wrote the report offered five guiding principles by which all proposals for extending coverage should be judged.

Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., President, University of Michigan and Co-Chair, Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.