A labor group outlined eight principles it believes should govern efforts to address the problem of the uninsured. In a letter to Congress, the labor group, called Change to Win, said the federal government should act as a watchdog over the interest groups that have a financial stake in healthcare, and that privatized, high-deductible health plans dont represent a comprehensive solution to the healthcare crisis. Every American should have access to affordable, high-quality care and also a choice of doctors and other providers, said the group, which represents seven major unions and was formed in 2005. The letter was one of several efforts this week by diverse healthcare coalitions to push for a broad-based solution to healthcare problems and support partnerships and compromise positions among stakeholders. The Service Employees International Union, one of the unions in Change to Win, also partnered with AARP and the Business Roundtable to push an agenda for affordable care. Read the unions letter. -- by Jennifer Lubell
Unions outline reform principles
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