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Century Foundation Roundtable on Universal Health Coverage, July 27


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WHAT: Universal Health Coverage: Coming Sooner Than You Think?

A Century Foundation roundtable, featuring experts who recently have proposed universal coverage plans.

WHO: Arnold S. Relman, M.D., Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine and Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School

Jeanne Lambrew, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Associate Professor, George Washington University

Jacob S. Hacker, Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University, and author, The Great Risk Shift and The Divided Welfare State (invited)

Leif Wellington Haase, Senior Program Officer and Health Care Fellow, The Century Foundation, and author, A New Deal for Health

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Century Foundation, 41 East 70th Street, NYC (between Madison and Park Avenues)

RSVP: Laurie Ahlrich, or 212-452-7722

Just a dozen years after the demise of the Clinton Health Plan, ideas for universal health coverage have returned to the headlines. Why? Employers, who insure the majority of Americans, are dropping coverage in the face of rising medical costs, which have risen 59 percent since 2000 alone. As employers pare back or change coverage, pocketbook concerns are affecting insured Americans, as well as the 45 million uninsured. According to a poll taken late last year, Americans are personally more worried about their health costs than about terrorism or paying their rent or mortgage.


The Century Foundation conducts public policy research and analyses of economic, social, and foreign policy issues, including inequality, retirement security, election reform, media studies, homeland security, and international affairs. The foundation produces books, reports, and other publications, convenes task forces and working groups, and operates seven informational Web sites. With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Century Foundation is nonprofit and nonpartisan and was founded in 1919 by Edward A. Filene.


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