SEIU Announces Healthcare Reform Coalition
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AdvaMed, American Hospital Association, PhRMA, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the American Medical Association are committing to President Barack Obama’s vision of healthcare reform. The coalition, Health Care for America Now, pledges to take aggressive steps to cut healthcare costs that could save an average family $2,500 a year, according to an SEIU press release.
"If we are going to get our economy back on track, we must tackle the growing healthcare crisis. Everyone — physicians, hospitals, healthcare workers, payers, suppliers, manufacturers — shares responsibility in making sure healthcare reform happens this year," states SEIU Healthcare Chairman Dennis Rivera in the release. "We all understand that guaranteeing meaningful reform is too important to be left to politics. It's a moral imperative, an economic imperative, and essential to the well being of every family in our country."
From the Divided We Fail, Better Health Care Together and Partnership for Quality Care coalitions, which include disparate groups like NFIB, Business Roundtable, Wal-Mart and AT&T, to the progressive coalition Health Care for America Now, SEIU has worked to bring key healthcare stakeholders to the table to ensure reform could happen. As the nation's largest union of healthcare workers - doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians and others - our workers understand that reducing costs is critical to promoting health and preventing illness.
"It's a sign of how committed industry leaders are to reforming our healthcare system that these groups were able to come together and offer proactive proposals on cutting healthcare costs. Cutting healthcare costs means improving the quality of care patients receive, putting money back into families' pockets and keeping businesses open on Main Street. We may not always agree, and haven't in the past, but we know that this is the moment and now is the time to fundamentally change the way we take care of American families and workers," added Rivera.
For the full release, click here.
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