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Employers for Quality Health Care
Employers for Quality Health Care ^ | September 1, 2009 | Employers for Quality Health Care

Posted on 09/02/2009 8:25:11 AM PDT by WKL815

We are Employers for Quality Health Care, a coalition of 20 statewide chambers and employer organizations representing thousands of employers across America, from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500s. Our members are the financial bedrock of the nation's health care system, voluntarily providing coverage for millions of workers and their families.

We continue to offer these benefits in the face of record cost increases because we know that access to care is vital to the health of our employees and our communities. We share your goal of reducing costs, improving quality and extending coverage to more Americans -- and we support meaningful reforms that advance those objectives while preserving private-sector coverage, including:

• Innovative solutions that expand access to affordable, private coverage, such as consumer-driven health savings accounts, small-business pooling, and equal tax benefits for individual and employer-provided insurance plans.

• Eliminating mandates that drive up costs by requiring insurers to provide certain types of coverage; and removing artificial barriers that restrict competition.

• Empowering consumers through new technologies that give them timely, useful information about the cost and quality of their care, helping them make informed decisions that encourage competition and reduce costs.

• Incentives that emphasize health care outputs over inputs, rewarding providers based on outcomes and overall care and consumers based on prevention and wellness.

• Reforming existing government health plans like Medicare and Medicaid to eliminate fraud and waste; and allowing enrollees the choice of using the money spent on them to instead enroll in private plans.

• Modernizing the civil justice system through state-level reforms that reduce the rapid growth of medical liability awards and insurance costs.

..That is why we oppose drastic changes under consideration in Congress that would duplicate the failed systems of other nations -- where care is rationed, yet costs continue to...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employers; healthcare

1 posted on 09/02/2009 8:25:12 AM PDT by WKL815
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To: WKL815

Will Congress listen to people who understand how to create value?

2 posted on 09/02/2009 9:22:15 AM PDT by griswold3
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