A group including providers, physicians, insurers, unions and political figures from both major parties launched a new political organization that will advocate for more focus on chronic diseases in federal government health policy.
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease hopes to change policies to fight against the high cost of chronic diseases, in terms of both life expectancy and healthcare spending. The group will launch chapters in key presidential primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. After this start, the partnership plans to expand to other states with both grass-roots campaigning and educational advertising.
Members of the partnership include leaders from the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Service Employees International Union and business groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Other members include: former U.S. Sen. John Breaux (D-La.); former CMS Administrator Mark McClellan; former Surgeon General Richard Carmona; Ken Thorpe, an HHS official during the Clinton administration; and former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), who is now the president and chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. -- by Vince Galloro