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WHAT:National Coalition on Health Care’s “Cost of Inaction” National Press Briefing
WHY:Business leaders representing Coalition members will address the impact of the health care crisis on business, challenge our nation’s leaders to embark on a search for workable solutions, and release the “Cost of Inaction” report:America’s health care system is in crisis.The problems posed to businesses, employees and families by this crisis are of unprecedented magnitude.More corporate and individual dollars are being spent on health care than ever before, and these continued increases are not sustainable by business.Neither market competition nor any of the piecemeal health care reforms instituted or proposed to date can solve the problems.Comprehensive reform of our health care system is needed.The cost of inaction, over time, far outweighs the cost of reform.Businesses and other groups are joining the National Coalition on Health Care – the nation’s largest health care alliance — to work on solving these problems.
WHO:Henry E. Simmons, M.D., M.P.H.: President, NCHCWilliam M. Daley: President, SBC CommunicationsCarlos M. Gutierrez: Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kellogg CorporationJames E. Rogers: Chairman, of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, CinergyDick Baird: President and Chief Executive Officer, Giant Foods Inc.Morton Bahr: President, Communications Workers of AmericaSean Harrigan: President of the Board of Administration, CalPERSJames G. Parkel: President, AARP
WHEN:Monday, May 19, 2003
12:00 noon – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Press Briefing
WHERE:National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
CONTACT:Danielle Holland
Hill & Knowlton
Jessica McFadden
Hill & Knowlton

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