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Partnership Praises Dems for Discussing Key Health Care Issue in CNN-YouTube Debate

Question Submitted by S.C. Partners Aired During National DebateWASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2007) - The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) commends Democratic candidates for addressing chronic disease during tonight's CNN-YouTube Democratic Primary Debate and urges them to continue this crucial discourse."The PFCD is pleased that Democratic candidates acknowledged the need for national health care policies that focus on preventing and effectively managing chronic disease," said PFCD Executive Director Ken Thorpe, Ph.D. "Tonight's discussion was a strong first step toward confronting the national chronic disease crisis, and we urge candidates from both parties to make this issue the cornerstone of their health care policies. Only after we have defeated these costly illnesses will we be able to make health care more affordable and life more enjoyable for all."The discussion was sparked by a question from Charity Woods of South Carolina: "How do each of you plan on addressing chronic disease and preventative health in your health care plans?" South Carolina partners from the PFCD worked with Ms. Woods to submit her question to YouTube.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.