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Obama’s Call For “Change We Can Believe In” Makes Prevention A Priority In Health Reform
Partnership for Prevention Launches Ad Campaign Calling for “Health Reform We Can Believe In”
By: Damon Thompson
The ad began running in today’s edition of "The Hill," a popular Washington, D.C., newspaper that is geared towards coverage of congressional matters. The ad can be found online at www.prevent.org/
“Barack Obama campaigned on a health policy platform that was based in part on Partnership for Prevention’s ‘Principles for Prevention-Centered Health Reform,” said John M. Clymer, Partnership’
Clymer noted that Obama’s “Plan for a Healthy America” issued earlier this year declared that: “Covering the uninsured and modernizing America’s health care system are urgent priorities, but they are not enough. Simply put, in the absence of a radical shift towards prevention and public health, we will not be successful in containing medical costs or improving the health of the American people.”
The ad notes that one in every six dollars in the U.S. economy is spent on health care, and that 70 percent of that spending goes to treat chronic diseases. Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of chronic diseases are largely preventable.
On Dec. 11, Partnership will release a set of more detailed series of policy recommendations for Congress and the White House to consider. The recommendations will be based upon a series of policy papers it has commissioned from some of the nation’s most noted prevention policy experts.
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Partnership for Prevention is a membership organization of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies advancing policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans.