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Obama's Wife Tied To Program That Helps Patients Find Community Doctors

6:08 PM, Aug 23, 2008   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) -- A published report says Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's wife and three advisers have been involved with a hospital program designed to redirect patients without private insurance to other health care providers.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Saturday that Michelle Obama helped create the University of Chicago Medical Center program. She is on unpaid leave from her hospital job.

The program tries to find community doctors for people using the emergency room for basic care.

David Axelrod is Obama's senior strategist. His public relations firm worked on the program. Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett chairs the hospital's board and supported hiring Axelrod's company.

Obama adviser Dr. Eric Whitaker took over the program when he was hired by the medical center.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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