Monday, June 29, 2009


I know its a little off topic, but this release emphasizes the need for re-engineering the current system. SV

Date: June 26, 2009
For Release: Immediately
Contact: HHS Press Office
202) 690-6343

Headline: Secretary Sebelius Releases New State by State Reports
Highlighting Urgent Need for Health Reform

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a series of new reports
on the health care status quo that highlight the urgent need for health
reform across the nation. The new reports are available at and include information on health care cost and
quality in all fifty states.

"In states across the country, health care costs are going up and
families are struggling to get the quality care they need and deserve,"
Secretary Sebelius said. "We cannot wait to pass reform that protects
what works about health care and fixes what's broken."

Each report includes data regarding the health care status quo such as:

* Percent increase in family premiums since 2000.
* The hidden tax individuals and families pay as a result of
subsidizing care for the uninsured.
* Percent of state residents without insurance.
* Overall quality ratings for health care in each state.
* The impact of failing to adequately invest in preventative
measures that could prevent disease and illness.

"The American people have been calling for reform, and they should not
have to wait any longer," added Sebelius. "Health reform will assure
quality affordable health care for all Americans, lower costs, and give
more Americans the choices they deserve. The time for reform is now."


Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are
available at

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