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Diverse, Bipartisan Health Care Reform Voices Announce Agreement on Key Principles
Date:4/2/2009

esta, CEO, Center for American Progress; David Walker, president and CEO of the Peter Peterson Foundation; and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR.

"Reforming health care can no longer be a partisan project that sits idle on the sidelines while our national debt continues to grow and millions of Americans remain uninsured," said Sen. Bennett. "Allowing the free market to promote a fiscally responsible health care system is vital to ensuring that we will see positive change for every American when it comes to delivering their health care."

"We can't afford to keep our broken health care system, and we must bring people together to help create solutions for all Americans," said Novelli. "The biggest opportunity is health promotion and disease prevention so we can keep people well and not just treat them after they get sick."

"It's clear that our country can't fix the economic problems facing us today unless we reform our health care system - and bipartisanship is going to be the ticket to get us there," said Sen. Wyden. "The principles outlined in the Hope Street Group's letter offer a blueprint to find common ground and help move the country toward real health care reform."

"Hope Street Group's principles represent a solid framework for comprehensive health care reform," said Walker. "It is critically important that any comprehensive reform efforts improve our nation's overall financial condition and fiscal outlook so they are both feasible and sustainable."

"The principles we're releasing today are the product of substantive discussions among people with different interests and ideas for reform," said Rep. Cooper. "As Ron Wyden and Bob Bennett know better than anyone, we can find plenty of common ground if we give up the sound bites and political point-scoring and agree to work together. Now our challenge is to translate these principles into policy right away. Waiting a few more months isn't an
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