Politico was abuzz today on the subject of health care reform, offering a veritable smorgasbord of big names and big ideas—along with some caveats about caution. There's also a good run-down of the heavy advertising on health care so far this year with much of it promoting a pro-reform, fix it now because all Americans deserve a better, fairer, more affordable, more secure health care system message.
Senator Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat and chair of the HELP committee, reminds us of the tragedy that health care costs can bring upon American families such as the Walkers, who cannot afford health care coverage for their son, a 21-year-old cancer survivor. He calls for five principles of reform: affordable, quality, coverage for all Americans; delivery and payment system reform; an emphasis on wellness and preventative care; sustainable and long-term support for the disabled; and the elimination of fraud and abuse in both public and private health care sectors. "I want Jake Walker and millions of others in his position to know he is in our minds, our hearts and our prayers," said Kennedy. "Most of all, I want to make 2009 the year we end this unacceptable American tragedy."