2008-09-26 / Community

Clinton Calls For Health Care Reform

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made the following statement after the release of the 2008 Employer Health Benefits Survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

"The findings contained in this new report are the latest evidence that our health care system is in desperate need of reform. American workers have seen their health care premiums more than double since 1999, far outpacing wages. Deductibles have also soared, especially for employees of small businesses. A growing number of workers now face deductibles of at least $1,000. While workers are getting squeezed, small businesses are struggling to provide coverage to employees and even large companies are cutting back on benefits.

Only 31 percent of large firms now offer retiree health benefits, less than half the number that did in 1988. Taken together, this means that Americans are paying more for their health care and getting less at a time of mounting economic challenges that include spiraling energy costs and the collapsing housing market. It is now clearer than ever that we urgently need major reforms to reduce costs and ensure quality, affordable health care for every single American. We can't afford not to and I will continue fighting for this goal until we have a health care system worthy of our great country."

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