The Federal Health Reform Campaign

Our Campaign History, Phase I: 2008-10 

In August 2008, America’s Agenda launched our campaign effort to win comprehensive, federal health reform in the 111th Congress.

Over the first five months of 2009, America’s Agenda brought together national leaders in business, labor, health care, and government in a series of webcast, focus group-type “Summit Conversations on American Health Care for the 21st Century.”  America’s Agenda’s state campaigns victories had demonstrated repeatedly that broad state-level consensus on health care reform can be forged by focusing on solutions to commonly-held concerns about the crisis of runaway health costs. The Summit Conversations held in Miami, St. Louis, Madison, Wisconsin, and San Francisco, confirmed that a similar consensus had emerged among leaders of diverse sectors at the national level. 

Following the Summit Conversations, America’s Agenda released  A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Health Care Reform: Recommendations to Congress and the Administration. The Recommendations, endorsed by national leaders in business, labor, and health care, provide common ground solutions to reducing the rapid growth in health costs, while improving the quality of care.  

America’s Agenda held extensive discussions of the Recommendations with Members of Congress and their staffs. The federal health insurance reform enacted, finally, by Congress incorporated many building blocks for health cost-containment and quality improvement proposed in the America’s Agenda Recommendations to Congress and the Administration.

Opinion research commissioned by America’s Agenda demonstrated strong voter support across the political spectrum for key America’s Agenda health reform recommendations. During a time when bipartisan cooperation was at low ebb on Capitol Hill, America’s Agenda gave a bipartisan voice to elements of reform that enjoyed broad support among voters from both political parties.

In January 2010, when health insurance reform appeared to be stalemated, America’s Agenda co-sponsored a public appeal for a two-step strategy to complete passage by the 111th Congress.  The proposed sequencing of a House vote to adopt the Senate reform bill and passage of a supplemental reconciliation bill to resolve the most significant differences between the House and Senate reform bills was ultimately adopted by the President and Congressional leaders as the roadmap for enactment.

America’s Agenda built on the success of our nationwide SCHIP reauthorization campaign to urge dozens of still-undecided Members of Congress to vote “Yes” for the federal health insurance reform bill. Most did so.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.

America’s Agenda is focused, now, on winning the next critical phase of health reform: transformation of health care delivery into a well-coordinated, team-based care system that can rein in runaway growth in health costs and assure continuing improvement in quality of care.

 

Our Campaign History, Phase I: 2008-10 

In August 2008, America’s Agenda launched our campaign effort to win comprehensive, federal health reform in the 111th Congress.

Over the first five months of 2009, America’s Agenda brought together national leaders in business, labor, health care, and government in a series of webcast, focus group-type “Summit Conversations on American Health Care for the 21st Century.”  America’s Agenda’s state campaigns victories had demonstrated repeatedly that broad state-level consensus on health care reform can be forged by focusing on solutions to commonly-held concerns about the crisis of runaway health costs. The Summit Conversations held in Miami, St. Louis, Madison, Wisconsin, and San Francisco, confirmed that a similar consensus had emerged among leaders of diverse sectors at the national level. 

Following the Summit Conversations, America’s Agenda released  A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Health Care Reform: Recommendations to Congress and the Administration. The Recommendations, endorsed by national leaders in business, labor, and health care, provide common ground solutions to reducing the rapid growth in health costs, while improving the quality of care.  

America’s Agenda held extensive discussions of the Recommendations with Members of Congress and their staffs. The federal health insurance reform enacted, finally, by Congress incorporated many building blocks for health cost-containment and quality improvement proposed in the America’s Agenda Recommendations to Congress and the Administration.

Opinion research commissioned by America’s Agenda demonstrated strong voter support across the political spectrum for key America’s Agenda health reform recommendations. During a time when bipartisan cooperation was at low ebb on Capitol Hill, America’s Agenda gave a bipartisan voice to elements of reform that enjoyed broad support among voters from both political parties.

In January 2010, when health insurance reform appeared to be stalemated, America’s Agenda co-sponsored a public appeal for a two-step strategy to complete passage by the 111th Congress.  The proposed sequencing of a House vote to adopt the Senate reform bill and passage of a supplemental reconciliation bill to resolve the most significant differences between the House and Senate reform bills was ultimately adopted by the President and Congressional leaders as the roadmap for enactment.

America’s Agenda built on the success of our nationwide SCHIP reauthorization campaign to urge dozens of still-undecided Members of Congress to vote “Yes” for the federal health insurance reform bill. Most did so.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.

America’s Agenda is focused, now, on winning the next critical phase of health reform: transformation of health care delivery into a well-coordinated, team-based care system that can rein in runaway growth in health costs and assure continuing improvement in quality of care.

 

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