United States of Care: Bipartisan Leaders Launch New Health Care Reform Organization

Over 50 bipartisan health care leaders, including many former elected and appointed federal and state officials, have launched a new non-profit organization called the United States of Care to support continued health care reform, including former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark McClellan under President George W. Bush, former Health Care Financing Administrator Gail Wilensky under President George H. W. Bush, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (Republican); and former Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag, Senior Health Care Advisor Chris Jennings, and former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt under President Barack Obama, former Democrat Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (Democrat).

The mission of the organization is “to lead a movement to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income.” Its three core principles are: 1) every American should have a regular source of affordable care; 2) no American should face financial devastation due to illness or injury; and 3) solutions must be fiscally responsible and have broad political support.

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