March 19, 2009
Burlington, Vt. – The second in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform took place today in Burlington, Vermont. The forum was hosted by the University of Vermont and was moderated by Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, represented the Obama administration.
Forum participants included doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds – both Democrats and Republicans – who discussed the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity.
“Today’s forum was a tremendous success,” said Governor Douglas. “The discussion was very helpful and with so many viewpoints represented, I know the White House will come away from this with many good ideas for how we build a more affordable and effective healthcare system in America.”
In keeping with the Obama administration’s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum brought together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system.
“Health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model with more than 97 of residents insured in just two years,” said Governor Patrick. “But affordability is still a big challenge and we need payment reform and better cost containment across America to make healthcare truly available for all.”
“Vermont, like Massachusetts, is a model for the rest of the nation,” Governor Douglas continued. “Our Blueprint for Health, Green Mountain Healthcare products and our Chronic Care Initiative are all programs that will help us bring down the cost of healthcare and lead healthier lives. We really appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with the rest of the country.”
And Nancy-Ann DeParle represented the Obama Administration. “Today we continued our important national conversation on health reform,” DeParle said. “Exploding costs are bankrupting families and burdening businesses, dragging down state and local budgets, and piling up our national debt. The time to act is now.”
Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in Iowa, North Carolina, and California throughout the rest of March and early April. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can visit www.HealthReform.gov http://www.healthreform.gov/ to submit their questions and join the debate.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 19, 2009 10:55:18