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Date:6/9/2009

ons."

Former Governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, also an America's Agenda Board member, added. "We can solve this cost-driven health crisis in a bipartisan way. I believe we have to, and the proposals America's Agenda is putting forward today provide a roadmap for how to do it."

Alongside Gephardt and Thompson, America's Agenda member organizations include the Alliance for Economic Justice, American Federation of Teachers, American Income Life Insurance Company, American Postal Workers Union, Catholic Healthcare West, Communications Workers of America, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, IBM, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, International Alliance of Theatrical, Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Laborers' International Union of North America, Office and Professional Employees International Union, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Service Employees International Union, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Textron Inc., Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO), United Mine Workers of America, United Food and Commercial Workers, United Union of Roofers, United Auto Workers.

"We have an unprecedented opportunity to enact key reforms that will bend down the health care cost curve," said John Butler, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Textron Inc. "Private sector employers have learned valuable lessons over the last fifteen years about how we can reduce growth in health costs and at the same time improve employee health and productivity. We've come together to offer these proposals, because we want to assure that our experience can help federal legislators enact health reforms that will be effective in reducing costs and imp
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