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Health Care

Strange Bedfellows for Better Outcomes

Together with Wal-Mart, SEIU, and others, we are launching a campaign to tackle a health care crisis that neither businesses nor workers can afford.

Nearly 47 million Americans lack health insurance. Health care premiums have jumped 87 percent over the last five years. The United States spends more on health care per person than any other country, yet Americans on average die at a younger age compared to the average age of death of comparable nations. The American people are sick of paying more and getting less71 percent believe our health care system is in a state of crisis. Today, in a “case of America’s health care crisis creating strange bedfellows,” Wal-Mart, Service Employees International Union, the Center for American Progress, and other businesses and nonprofit organizations are launching a campaign to tackle a health care crisis that neither businesses nor workers can afford. In addition, next month the Center for American Progress Action Fund and SEIU will host a non-partisan forum focused on health care to highlight this issue within the 2008 campaign.