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Businesses, Unions, Veteran Party Leaders Unite Behind Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Health Care Reform
Date:6/9/2009

roving outcomes for all Americans."

IBM Senior Vice President for Human Resources Randy MacDonald said, "To reach the goal of affordable, high quality health care for all, America needs a 21st century health care infrastructure. We need care that is delivered and supported by teams of health care professionals who share information with one another and with patients who participate actively in their own health care. Congress has a unique opportunity to enact reforms that will make that kind of future possible for every American, and we're here with our colleagues in labor and business to support them in doing it."

Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) General President Terry O'Sullivan said, "In every contract negotiation, we struggle with our employers to prevent shifting of rising health care costs onto the backs of the workers we represent, but that doesn't give any of us a long-term solution. We need a health care reform that can drive down the rate of health cost increases that are crushing both workers and their employers. Fifteen years ago, it would not have been imaginable that we would be standing here announcing a common vision for health care with corporate leaders. We may not agree on everything, yet, but the common ground we are defining today for containing health costs and improving quality of care is a very significant step toward the comprehensive health reform Americans need."

"With health costs rising four times faster than wages over the last ten years, working families are losing their grip on a middle class standard of living," added Iron Workers Union General President Joseph Hunt. "We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a meaningful change that will help the economy and benefit our children and grandchildren. We can't miss it."

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