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Sara Watson a senior officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts.
In the clamorous debate about health care reform,
one group with much at stake has been strangely absent: people with
disabilities. Yet they are the core of the population that most needs health
care and is most likely to be uninsured or underinsured. Oddly, while the
United States apppears on the verge of major changes in health care, the
conventional proposals do not coherently address the needs of the very groups
whose lives are most intertwined with the health care system.
Both health care reformers and groups representing people with disabilities
bear some responsibility for this inattention. On the one hand, many health