Raising Women’s Voices

Host a community discussion on health care

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on December 9, 2008

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle announced December 5 that President-elect Obama’s transition team will hold a series of community forums about health care later this month to help finalize its recommendations for the incoming administration.

The “Health Care Community Discussions” are modeled on the platform committee meetings held by Obama during the presidential campaign and are designed to give the transition’s health policy team a chance to further develop ideas about how to achieve quality, affordable health care for all.

During his remarks, Daschle outlined three problems that he sees with the health care system — high cost, limited access, and uneven quality. But he emphasized his desire for citizens to give the new administration input on how to define the most pressing problems in health care.

“We want your views on what we need to do to build a better system,” he said. ” We want your exact ideas. What do you think we need to emphasize? What specifically should we be incorporating in this new reform effort?”

Interested parties should go to change.gov to “sign up for a discussion in your home, sometime between the 15th and the 31st,” Daschle said. The health care policy team will then assemble all of the information and present it to Obama, and will also post it to the Web “for everyone to see as part of this transparent process.”

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