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Obama favors building on current healthcare plan

AP/Yahoo News, March 27, 2009

President Barack Obama says the ideal path to universal healthcare is to build on the current system that relies in part on employer plans rather than scrap what has existed for generations. Asked at his online town hall why the U.S. couldn't opt for a European system, Obama said the United States has a legacy of employer-based plans that have filled the needs of a majority of Americans, and that the country has a set of institutions that aren't easily transformed.