The White House: Health Care

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce-Subcommittee on Health

Department of Health and Human Services
  National Institutes of Health
  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

Kaiser Family Foundation
"...a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public."

The Commonwealth Fund
"The Commonwealth Fund's mission is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults...  The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy."

American Medical Association
"The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues."

Alliance for Health Reform
"...opinion leaders need an unbiased source of information so they can understand the roots of the nation's health care problems and the trade-offs posed by competing proposals for change. The Alliance for Health Reform exists to provide that information. We offer a full array of resources and viewpoints, in a number of formats, to elected officials and their staffs, journalists, policy analysts and advocates...   A nonpartisan, nonprofit group, the Alliance believes that all in the U.S. should have access to health care and health coverage at a reasonable cost. But we do not lobby for any particular blueprint, nor do we take positions on legislation."

Trust for America's Health
"non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority...  By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading the fight to make disease prevention a national priority."

Families USA
"...national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

Americans for Health Care
"a project of SEIU, the largest union of health care workers in the country.  ...building broad-based coalitions of individuals and organizations in order to push for health care policies which ensure: Quality, affordable health care for all, without gaps in coverage or access; Care that is cost efficient and medically effective; A core package of health insurance benefits with choices comparable in quantity and scope to those available to federal employees; and Financing that is fair and includes employers, individuals, and the federal, state and local governments."

Universal Health Care Action Network
"A nationwide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all through education, strategy development and advocacy."

Cato Institute-Health Care
"Cato scholars pay particular attention to the effects of government regulations and subsidies on health care quality and cost, as well as patient choice and dependency on government."
Heritage Foundation-Center for Health Policy Studies
"move today's bureaucracy driven, heavily regulated third-party payment system to a new patient-centered system of consumer choice and real free-market competition."
Center for American Progress-Health Care
Democratic Leadership Council-Health Care
"create a market-based, Information Age health care system"

Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR): Protect Patients Now
"protecting patients' access to healthcare by supporting federal legislation that will reform our nation's broken medical liability system."

The Archimedes Movement
Launched by former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on Jan. 13 2006 aims to "share a vision, catalyze a debate, and launch a movement that will grow so powerful it creates positive, long-lasting, cost-effective change in houw our health care system functions."

Google: "Clinton Health Plan"

-Americans for Health Care:  Iowa for Health Care, New Hampshire for Health Care

-ACS CAN, AARP, the Alzheimerís Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association:  Are You Covered? (press release)

-Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (press release)

Several '08 prospects have considerable expertise in health care.  Gov. Mitt Romney has instituted health insurance reforms in Massachussetts that are being closely watched.  Former Speaker Newt Gingrich founded the Center for Health Transformation to accelerate "the adoption of transformational solutions and policies for better health and more choices at lower cost."  Gov. Mike Huckabee lost 110 pounds after being diagnosed with Type II diabetes; as Chairman of the National Governors Association he promoted a "Healthy America Initiative."   "It's about building a culture of physical activity, prevention and wellness in the United States," he wrote.  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton delved deeply into health care issues a decade ago when then President Bill Clinton appointed her chair of the Presidentís Task Force on National Health Care Reform on Jan. 25, 1993.  Former Gov. Tommy Thompson served as Health and Human Services Secretary from 2001-05 and is now chairman of Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Democracy in Action: 2004 Health Care
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