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Obama Cites Health Care Costs as Biggest Driver of Deficit
In his address to the nation on Tuesday night, President Obama said that the best way for the U.S. to "bend the curve" on the national deficit is through reducing health care costs, citing prevention as one of the ways to achieve that goal. Crafting effective solutions to increases in health...
Mar 26, 2009
Recent Studies Highlight Cycle of Chronic Disease Burden
Three studies came out last week highlighting the burden of chronic disease. The first, by the University of Oxford, found that being obese can shorten your lifespan and, in the case of morbidly obese patients, have the same effect as lifelong smoking, taking about 10 years off their expected...
Mar 24, 2009
More Thoughts on Vermont Discussion
As promised, below are some further thoughts on the four areas outlined in my initial post from the Vermont forum. These are areas that, to me, seem to be clear and critical components of health reform at the national level. We have got to do a better job of preventing disease in the first...
Mar 24, 2009
The White House Regional Forum on Health Care
It was great to be back in Vermont today to see some old friends, and to talk about health care. About 400 folks were there with me today at the White House regional forum on health care, and there was plenty of lively discussion about what we must do to make health care better in this country...
Mar 17, 2009
On the Road to Health Reform
Over the next few months, health reform will surely continue to grab the national spotlight. As we enter into this critical phase, the intent of this blog is to transport this lively conversation and debate online. The launch of this blog also coincides with another important milestone on the...
Mar 17, 2009

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