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Leading American Healthcare Experts Press Congress to Act Quickly on Health Reform
Date:9/17/2009

itals, Charles N. Kahn III, stressed the importance of quick Congressional action. "I'm gratified to join this eminent list of healthcare experts who recognize the numerous reasons for the Congress to act now on health reform," he remarked. "Americans need to be assured of affordable health care coverage and the kind of quality care that they deserve and should expect. That is why it is time to act."

"We're at a historic moment," commented Dr. Donald Berwick, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a longtime leader in improving healthcare quality. "Lower cost, better care, and greater health for our communities are achievable -- all at the same time.... The price of achieving this is change -- the status quo health care system simply cannot get the job done. We need policy-makers -- now -- to create the environment that makes change possible, attractive, and a formula for organizational success."

Health economist Stuart Altman, Ph.D., of Brandeis University, who advised Presidents Nixon and Clinton on health reform, stressed the importance of this moment.

"As an active participant in the ill-fated attempts at national health reform by both the Nixon (1974) and Clinton (1994) administrations, I know how easy it is for Congress to walk away from tough decisions and how devastating such actions can be for millions of Americans. We cannot let this happen again. Ideology on both the left and right must be put aside to solve perhaps the most important social problem facing this country."

Judy Feder, Ph.D., of Georgetown University, said, "All of the bills before the Congress would take great strides toward improving the quality and affordability of health care for all Americans. There may be legitimate differences over how to deal with the pressing problems facing our health care system, but now is the time for the Congress to work through those differences an
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