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CU urges Congress to advance health reform bill

Wednesday, March 3, 2009

Consumers Union urges Congress to advance health reform bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s proposed outline for health reform, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, urged lawmakers to come together and pass health reform.
DeAnn Friedholm, the director of Consumers Union’s health reform campaign, said, “The healthcare problem is too big, runs too deep and touches too many people to only pass incremental pieces of legislation. It’s time for Congress to pass a comprehensive reform package that will actually provide solutions for consumers. When you look at the rising cost of healthcare, and you see how many people are one pink slip or one illness away from losing their coverage, you have to take a comprehensive approach. The incremental approach just won’t cut it anymore.”
David Butler or Kristina Edmunson,
(212) 462-6262
Consumers Union of United States, Inc., publisher of Consumer Reports®, is a nonprofit membership organization chartered in 1936 to provide consumers with information, education, and counsel about goods, services, health and personal finance. Consumers Union’s publications and services have a combined paid circulation of approximately 8.3 million. These publications regularly carry articles on Consumers Union’s own product testing; on health, product safety, and marketplace economics; and on legislative, judicial, and regulatory actions that affect consumer welfare. Consumers Union’s income is solely derived from the sale of Consumer Reports®, its other publications and services, fees, noncommercial contributions and grants. Consumers Union’s publications and services carry no outside advertising and receive no commercial support.