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Former Senate Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle and Dole Commend Senate Passage of Health Care Bill
Date:12/24/2009

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  • An unprecedented commitment to prevention and wellness: A new trust fund to provide support for programs aimed at preventing and better managing chronic illnesses and encouraging Americans to focus on health and wellness; reduced Medicare cost-sharing for preventive care; and, premium discounts for health behaviors.
  • "I recognize firsthand the challenges presented during this debate from the deliberations on the Leaders' Project," said Senator Daschle. "I encourage my former colleagues, in the House and Senate, to continue to move the process forward and remember that there are a lot of issues members from both parties - Republicans and Democrats - agree on."

    "In order to break the political stalemate surrounding this issue and create a health care system that the American people deserve, flexibility from all sides is required," said Jason Grumet, President of the BPC. "The last steps will be the most difficult, but if Congress continues to work together, within and across parties, the outcome will be momentous."

    The Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care was launched in April 2008 with the goal of developing a comprehensive, but achievable set of policies to ensure that all Americans have quality, affordable health insurance coverage, while constraining cost growth, promoting innovative delivery of care, and focusing treatments more on the patient, and not just the illness.

    To support the development of their recommendations, Senators Baker, Daschle and Dole sought advice and input from a broad range of health care providers, businesses, labor representatives, state and local policymakers, health plans, academics and consumer advocates through their public policy forums and targeted outreach activities. Ultimately, the Senators'
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