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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole, and Mitchell Launch Unprecedented Health Care Effort
Date:4/16/2008

Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Project to Help Break Political Gridlock

WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell today announced the launch of the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care. The Leaders' Project is an unprecedented effort that will produce politically viable policy recommendations to address the delivery, cost, coverage, and financing challenges facing the nation's health care system. "All four of us have seen many legislative battles over health care in our careers. The time has come to put aside partisanship and put forward solutions," said Senator Dole.

The four Leaders will direct the project with guidance from Chris Jennings, President of Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. and former Senior Health Care Advisor to President William J. Clinton, and Dr. Mark McClellan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, and former Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President George W. Bush.

"There is no doubt that concern about health care issues is top-of-mind for families and individuals across the country," added Senator Mitchell. "I believe now is the right time for this issue to finally be resolved. We must galvanize bipartisan support for improving our nation's health care system."

The project is centered on a series of forums that will take place throughout 2008, each hosted by one of the four Leaders. These events will address four key topics, or "pillars," of health care reform: preserving and improving quality and value of care; providing affordable, accessible coverage choices in a reformed insurance market; ensuring and promoting a strong individual role in health care coverage and costs; and securing a workable
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