Hastings Center Report   |  September 9, 2008

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As the fall elections near, the presidential candidates and many influential organizations are proposing fundamental reform of the health care system. However, apart from the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which both candidates sponsored, senators McCain and Obama have barely uttered a word about presidential leadership to improve the health of the world’s poorest people. (Obama does have a credible policy, but he rarely promotes it.1) But America has an important interest in international development assistance for health, and for more reasons than are commonly recognized. I offer ten priorities for the next president’s agenda.

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