December 21, 2009 - Politico
By Politico Staff
An ambivalent statement on the Senate bill from former majority leader and sometimes Obama health adviser Richard Gephardt and former HHS Sec. Tommy Thompson, who now serve together on the board of America's Agenda: Health Care for All.
The duo “urge Members of the Senate to continue to work toward enacting consensus health-care reform legislation” – adding that “"The bill before the Senate this week isn't and shouldn't be the final answer, but the status quo is simply unacceptable.” "With less than a week until Christmas, we urge Members of the Senate to continue to work toward enacting consensus health-care reform legislation that lowers costs, expands access, prevents chronic disease, invests in American ingenuity and innovation, and reduces our nation's skyrocketing deficit.
"We continue to believe that coordinated care delivery, which may include physician-led community health teams, patient-centered medical homes, integrated team-based delivery systems, or similar coordinated care entities, is an essential element to bringing down costs, preventing chronic diseases and promoting overall wellness across our nation. It's a proven idea and should be included as an option for beneficiaries participating in private insurance plans through state exchanges.
"The bill before the Senate this week isn't and shouldn't be the final answer, but the status quo is simply unacceptable. It is time to set aside political differences, come together and remind the nation that a civil dialogue based on consensus principles, one that continues to move the process forward, is the ultimate pathway to achieving the meaningful and common-sense solution that Americans want and deserve.
"Let's work together on a bipartisan basis to make this a reality."