An unlikely partnership of business, labor and public policy groups today released four principles for achieving universal healthcare coverage by 2012.The principles from the nine groups—including AT&T, Wal-Mart, the Service Employees International Union and Intel Corp.—said that all Americans should have access to affordable quality care; that individuals need to be responsible for maintaining and protecting their health; that the U.S. should dramatically improve the value it receives for every healthcare dollar; and that businesses, governments and individuals should all contribute to managing and financing a new healthcare system. Representatives from some of the organizations indicated at a news briefing in Washington that the employer-based healthcare system wasn’t working anymore, but the group as a whole wouldn’t endorse a specific course of action to achieve universal care. The goal is to put respective differences aside to move the healthcare debate forward, using the principles as a guide, said Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart, and other members of the new partnership. Read the news release.
Group pushes universal coverage
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