President Obama, today, held the “White House Forum on Health Reform.” The President described the Forum as an opportunity to bring together Members of Congress from both parties with stakeholders in health care reform to discuss the most effective ways to “bring down health care costs and increase coverage.” The President also announced a series of regional health care forums in five states, including California, Iowa, North Carolina, Michigan, and North Carolina, which AARP members will be participating in.
AARP CEO Bill Novelli attended the Forum and urged the President and Congress to commit to working together to reach a bipartisan solution to our health care crisis this year.
Novelli also used the Forum as an opportunity to lay out AARP’s priorities for health care reform, which include:
- Making affordable health care coverage options available to everyone, especially people ages 50-64 who are among the fastest growing group of uninsured;
- Keeping Medicare affordable by rewarding doctors and hospitals for quality rather than the quantity of care;
- Strengthening and improve Medicare for our children and grandchildren;
- Promoting prevention and healthy behaviors;
- Eliminating fraud, waste and abuse; and
- Improving care coordination for people with chronic conditions and helping them stay in their homes and out of institutions.