13 nonpartisan patient and provider groups representing millions of Americans issued the following statement today regarding the recent consideration of health care reform proposals by the Senate:
"The legislative proposals put forward by the Senate for consideration last week would have jeopardized care for millions of patients across America. While our organizations did not support these measures, we recognize that Congress must move quickly to improve and strengthen the nation's health care system.
Bipartisanship is the only feasible path forward. Action is needed by Congress to provide cost-sharing reduction payments to protect low-income individuals and stabilize the marketplace. Simultaneously, it's critical that Congress address the affordability of health care in this country. Collaboration and compromise are essential parts of the process. Our organizations stand ready to work with lawmakers to find ways to make sure our current health care system provides quality and affordable health care that supports the well-being of all Americans."
The organizations include:
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
March of Dimes
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
National Health Council
Volunteers of America
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.