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American Heart Association Calls on Presidential Candidates to Adopt the Organization's New Principles on Healthcare Reform
Date:9/24/2008

fairs, UnitedHealth Group and moderator Arthur Miller, University Professor NYU School of Law.

An edited version will air on Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 9 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 16, one day after the third presidential debate, which will focus on healthcare and other domestic issues. It will also air on other PBS stations across the country this fall.

Some 80 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular diseases, and lack of health insurance and quality of care pose tremendous problems for many of these people. To learn more about the American Heart Association's efforts to reform our nation's health care system, see our six principles of healthcare reform below and visit http://www.heartsforhealthcare.org.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

American Heart Association's 2008 Principles on Healthcare Reform

Fundamental Principles for Presidential Candidates and Elected Officials

1. All residents of the United States should have meaningful, affordable health care coverage.

Every individual should have affordable health care coverage that provides access to appropriate health care services and guarantees protection from extraordinary or catastrophic medical costs. Such coverage must guarantee equitable and sustained medical care f
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