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Coalition Applauds Clinton Health Care Plan for Taking on Chronic Disease

More discussion needed on how to confront America's most deadly, costly diseasesWASHINGTON, D.C. (August 23, 2007) - The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) praised Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for addressing America's chronic disease crisis in the health care plan she unveiled today in Lebanon, N.H."Senator Clinton should be commended for making chronic disease management and prevention a cornerstone of her health care plan," said PFCD Executive Director Ken Thorpe. "By acknowledging that chronic disease is the leading driver of health care costs in America, Senator Clinton has taken an important first step toward improving national wellness. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease encourages candidates from both parties to continue discussing a new approach to health care that focuses on disease prevention."Chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are the number one cause of death and leading driver of rising health care costs in America. They account for seven out of 10 deaths and 75 percent of every health care dollar spent in the U.S. These are conditions that, with proper early intervention, diet, and exercise, could be prevented, delayed, or minimized. More than 130 million Americans today have a chronic disease.About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.The PFCD's mission is to:

  • Challenge policymakers - in particular, the 2008 presidential candidates - to make the issue of chronic disease a top priority and articulate how they will address the issue through their health care proposals
  • Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation
  • Mobilize Americans to call for change in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

Leaders in the effort represent more than 50 leading organizations from across health care, business and labor including Aetna, American Academy of Family Physicians, Alliance for Aging Research, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Hospital Association, American Pharmacists Association Foundation, Disease Management Association of America, Kerr Drug, Integrated Benefits Institute, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, NAACP, Milken Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, National Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Service Employees International Union, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and YMCA of the USA, among others.