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"The Case for Health Reform: The Moral, Economic, & Quality Motives for Action" compiles the facts and figures that explain why health reform is a moral
imperative, an economic necessity, and a necessary step toward ensuring our
health system delivers high-quality care to us all.
health system is in crisis. Forty six million Americans are uninsured and
millions more are paying more than they can afford for health insurance that
does not satisfy their health and financial needs. In the midst of economic
businesses are losing ground to their foreign competitors and rising health
care costs are placing increasing strain on federal, state, and local
governments. Meanwhile, the American health system is fraught with errors and
uncoordinated medical care.
that now is not the right time to reform our health care system because of the worldwide
economic downturn. No statement could be more wrong. Our social and economic futures
depend upon creating a sustainable health care system. To postpone health care reform
would be unwise. Our system cannot be transformed overnight. But to achieve
success we must begin to invest in a quality, 21st century health system today.
America can do
better. Comprehensive health reform that ensures all Americans have quality, affordable
health coverage, controls health care spending over time, and improves the
quality of patient care is a moral and economic imperative. A sustainable
system of coverage that includes every American will make our health system
work better for us all.
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