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Bill Clinton ANS Dating from the Presidential Campaign Trail, 6 Months Before His 1st Inauguration

An autograph note entirely engrossed by then Governor of Arkansas and soon-to-be 42nd U.S. President Bill Clinton (born 1946) as "To Robert Copeland / Best wishes / Bill Clinton / 7-30-1992." On a stock card. Minor yellow haloing around the inscription in bold black felt tip pen, else near fine. 4.25" x 3.5."

Bill Clinton, whose most recent stint as Arkansas Governor had begun in January 1983, was actively campaigning for president during the summer of 1992. He had recently secured the Democratic Party nomination on July 9th, and would win the 1992 presidential election on November 3rd.

The recipient of Clinton's note may have been the same Robert Copeland who was appointed to President Clinton's Healthcare Task Force established on January 25, 1993. Headed by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the task force was charged with improving the American healthcare system. The information gathered by the task force, and the proposals drafted by its members, would eventually be submitted for Congressional approval. Of particular concern was capping healthcare prices and ensuring universal access to health insurance. In many ways, Clinton's ambitions for the American healthcare system in the early 1990s anticipated Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Robert Copeland, a full-time federal employee, was listed among the 511 members of the Clinton Healthcare Task Force released to the press in March 1993. Elsewhere, Copeland was listed as being affiliated with the Labor Department.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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