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One of the top political issues currently being addressed by the new political administration in the USA is healthcare reform. In a recent White House Forum on Health Reform, President Barack Obama identified healthcare reform as both a moral and fiscal imperative, and stated: “We can agree that if we want to bring down skyrocketing costs, we’ll need to modernize our system and invest in prevention.”1
The health reform effort is moving quickly under the leadership of Senator Ted Kennedy, with the prevention component led by Senator Tom Harkin. Senator Harkin has been an ardent supporter of public health through more than two decades of service in the Senate and has pledged his full support to the prevention component of healthcare reform. At a recent hearing he stated: “This is going to be an extraordinarily …
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