All candidates urged to continue discussion of nation's top health care issueWASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 5, 2007) - The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) praised GOP candidates and ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos for addressing chronic disease during today's Republican debate on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"."Mr. Stephanopoulos and the field of Republican candidates moved the health care debate another step forward this morning by discussing solutions to our nation's chronic disease crisis," said PFCD Executive Director Ken Thorpe. "While the PFCD is pleased that candidates discussed options for improving disease prevention in America, we urge candidates from both parties to continue offering solutions to chronic disease. Only through preventing these conditions will we be able to significantly reduce costs and expand access to quality health care."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.