Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut unveiled a portion of his healthcare reform plan by proposing a $150 billion "American Center for Cures" to hasten the discovery of cures for diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. Lieberman's tactic is a departure from that of other presidential candidates, who so far have focused on how to offer healthcare coverage to America's uninsured. Lieberman said in future announcements he will provide details about his plans to address healthcare coverage, costs and quality. The American Center for Cures would comprise a research and development center, a grant-making agency and a "knowledge bank" to coordinate clinical trials of new treatments. Lieberman said the center's cost would be paid for mainly by the private sector through cooperative agreements and sharing of royalties from new drugs. "My plan will make clear that when it comes to building a healthier nation, expanding insurance isn't enough. Because the truth is, we don't just need more healthcare in America today. We need better healthcare," he said. -- by Tony Fong
Lieberman takes different tack to healthcare reform
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