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CU Endorses CHCWG Call For Affordable Healthcare for All

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Friday, July 7, 2006
Contact: William Vaughan or Jennifer Fuson, 202-462-6262

Consumers Union Endorses CHCWG Preliminary Recommendations; Welcomes Endorsement of Evidence-Based Medicine

Washington—Consumers Union, the independent, non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, today submitted the following comments to the Citizens Healthcare Working Group (CHCWC), congratulating them for their strong interim recommendations to ensure healthcare for all Americans. Consumers Union is particularly supportive of the emphasis on evidence-based medicine as a way to hold down America’s crippling healthcare costs.
“The Citizens Healthcare Working Group has come up with strong recommendations that would address most consumer concerns about the American healthcare mess,” said William Vaughan, a senior health policy analyst at Consumers Union. “We hope more Americans will contribute their support and that Congress will translate the recommendations into action,” added Vaughan.
The CHCWG was created as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act Of 2003. The group is in the process of receiving public comments on the interim report and Congress will hold hearing based on the recommendations. For more details see http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov.