As the presidential race narrows and the McCain and Obama campaigns seek to differentiate themselves with their proposals for fixing healthcare, its important that they consider how their programs will affect our nations businesses. The stakes for employers in the healthcare debate this election season couldnt be higher. The cost of worker illnesses and providing health insurance coverage has left U.S. businesses less competitive in the global marketplace.
To improve the quality of care and lower costsmaking coverage affordable for the 47 million Americans who are currently uninsuredthe candidates should look to business for part of the solution. Just as the business community learned in its own industries that investments in technology,
re-engineering and workforce productivity can lead to significant improvements in product quality at lower operating costs, so too can similar investments in the U.S. healthcare system lead to dramatic enhancements in care and greater overall cost control.
The Partnership for Value-driven Health Carea national alliance of 16 leading employer-based associations, including the National Business Coalition on Healthurges the presidential candidates to expand the vision of healthcare reform beyond the single issue of universal coverage. We believe that quality and affordability must receive equal recognition and be addressed in the national debate.
The members of the partnership believe that the path toward meaningful reform must expand access to a healthcare system that delivers higher quality more affordably. America needs a healthcare system that ensures that higher value is promoted by: