U.S. Senate Finance Committe Chairs calls for Health Reform in '09: White Paper Details Vision


U.S. Senate finance committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called on Congress this week to take up and act on meaningful health reform legislation in 2009 that achieves universal access.

Sen. Baucus’ Call to Action: Health Reform 2009 has three components: (1) a policy that ensures coverage and care to all Americans through the creation of; (2) an insistence that any such expansion be coupled with an emphasis on higher quality, greater value, and — over time — less costly care; and (3) an absolute commitment to weed out waste, eliminate overpayments, and design a sustainable financing system that works for taxpayers as well as for the nation’s recipients and providers of health care.

To review the outline of Sen. Baucus’ plan, please visit: http://finance.senate.gov/healthreform2009/finalwhitepaper.pdf



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