Obama Discusses Health Care Proposal

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Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Tuesday discussed his health care proposal and his positions on stem cell research and other issues in an interview with the editorial board of the Nashua Telegraph.

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Inthe interview, Obama addressed the fact that his proposal would notrequire U.S. adults to obtain health insurance and discussed whethersuch a requirement is enforceable. The proposal, which seeks to expandhealth insurance to all U.S. residents by 2012, would require childrento have coverage.

Obama said, "If you set up a mandate that isunaffordable, then you are putting people in the position of having tobreak the law with no recourse, no option." He added that health careproposals from other Democratic presidential candidates that includesuch a mandate "don't have a mechanism of enforcement." Obama said, "Wemay consider a mandate down the road if, in fact, we've made itaffordable and people don't have an excuse" not to obtain healthinsurance.

On the issue of embryonic stem cell research, Obamasaid that he supports an expansion of federal funding for such studies(Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, 10/10).

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