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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - David Cutler
For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.
Armed with a study by a former adviser, President Obama is stepping up his attacks on Republican rival Mitt Romney over the future health of Medicare as both campaigns battle for the votes of seniors that could decide the election.
The Democratic presidential front-runners, expecting the economy to be a pivotal issue in 2008, have drawn together teams of top business leaders and economists from Wall Street to academia to help them draft policies on trade, taxes, jobs and economic growth.
In a 2010 memo that is only now getting attention, David Cutler, who worked for Mr. Obama as a health care adviser, warned the president and his administration that it lacked the crucial ingredients for the successful implementation of the health care law, which needed men and women with experience in complex business startups, basic regulations, technology and policy coordination.
"It's a big, big change in the nature of what it means to have health insurance," says David Cutler, a Harvard University economist.