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Healthcare improvements have to wait awhile

San Francisco Chronicle, November 10, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama can't ignore healthcare reform in his first months in office, but changes may be less ambitious than he promised during the campaign, health experts say. With the meltdown of the economy, Americans should expect changes in healthcare that are phased in or incremental—reform described as a "down payment" on greater strides in the future once the economy has stabilized.