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New Poll Finds Disease Prevention is Top Priority for Americans in Health Reform
Date:6/8/2009

's why it is so important that we pass comprehensive health care reform this year."

"This poll gives hard evidence that Americans know what works and are ready for government to invest in their health," said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). "They're looking to government to reform the system so that everyone is covered, and prevention and wellness come first. I agree with the majority of Americans that these are cost-effective solutions that will improve quality of life, prevent disease, and most important save lives."

"For too long, health care has focused on treating people after they become sick instead of trying to help them stay healthy in the first place," said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH. "This poll shows the American public strongly believes it's time we shift from a sick care system to a true health care system that stresses disease prevention."

"Our country will never contain health care costs until we place a higher priority on public health and prevention programs, said Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) Co-Chair of Prevention Caucus. "An investment of just $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs could save this country more than $16 billion annually within five years. And, this new poll shows that a majority of Americans not only recognize the importance of prevention, but support spending a greater percentage of our health care dollars on prevention rather than on treating people after they become sick."

"Any health reform effort must make a serious commitment to prevention and wellness. Not only does the science say we need to target disease before it strikes, but the American people are saying it too - loud and clear," said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Care Task Force. "Prevention is America's top health reform priority because it will not only lower disease rates across the population, elimin
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