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HARRISBURG, PA.- Pennsylvania became the fifth U.S. state to seekuniversal health coverage for its citizens on Wednesday when it unveiled a plan to provide medical insurance for some three-quarters of a million residents who currently have none.
Along with other states including Massachusetts and California, Pennsylvania is joining a growing movement among U.S. states to tackle the problem of residents without health care insurance, which according to some estimates number as many as 46 million Americans or about 15 percent of the population.
Amid rising costs, the United States spends about 16 percent of gross domestic product on health care, significantly higher than nations such as Canada, at 9.7 percent, and France, at 9.5 percent, which have nationalized health systems, according to the National Coalition on Healthcare, which seeks universal coverage and cost containment in the U.S. system.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said the plan, called Cover All Pennsylvanians, would provide affordable basic health coverage to small businesses and uninsured individuals through the private health insurance market at a time when many cannot afford it.