Group of doctors, workers and insurers back Obama health reform

January 8, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bid got an endorsement Thursday from six groups representing a range of interests from doctors, insurers and drug makers to workers, patients and consumers. 
The group unveiled an ad backing healthcare reform and announced a multimillion dollar purchase of national television air time. 
The announcement came as Obama’s choice for health secretary, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, was making his pitch for confirmation before a Senate committee.
Daschle promised to work with Congress, industry groups and ordinary citizens to build support for reform.
His approach promised to differ sharply from the one taken by former first lady Hillary Clinton in 1994, which she led the Clinton administration’s failed healthcare reform effort.
President Bill Clinton’s reform plan fell apart in part because of resistance from the health insurance industry.
But the ad blitz announced Thursday was backed by health insurance plans as well as other organziations.
The ad promotes healthcare reform as a way way of improving the quality and saving money.

“Fixing the economy requires that we fix the broken healthcare system,” John Seffrin, head of the American Cancer Society, said in unveiling the ad.
“Healing our healthcare system is a key component to jumpstarting our national economy,” added Nancy Nielsen, president of the American Medical Association.
The other groups sponsoring the ad were Families USA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Regence BlueCross BlueShield and the Service Employees International Union.
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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Daschle at Senate confirmation hearing Thursday)


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It benefits insurers to participate in health care reform. A single-payer system would put those 47 million back on their books. We want reform and it’s going to happen, one way or another. Their support reduces the possibility of a National healthcare system that doesn’t include them. The important thing to watch for is how much they want us to pay them.

Posted by Sharon | Report as abusive

Let’s try this. Daschle has failed at his change in the US health care plan, thus making Obama a failure as well. He had done nothing new. Same sell out to the medical elites and nothing for the people. He is a politician after all.

Posted by Liz Goset | Report as abusive

Healthcare reform is a necessity to assure better health of the workers who are needed to assure repayment the national debt. Even the Pharoahs took care of their workers with free healthcare, food and a place to live. Can’t wait to see the details of this deal.

Posted by Semaj Evans | Report as abusive