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Recession will shape health care, increase government involvement

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The chances of health care reform that includes a significant government component get better every day the economy is in recession. Economic uncertainty generates fear, which tends to turn Americans toward government remedies.

Last week's surprisingly bleak unemployment numbers threw a wet blanket on expectations for a quick recovery. Unlike more technical indicators -- trade figures, interest rates, exchange rates, for example - jobless statistics are about people and families.

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