Some 40 companies, including Pepsi, Safeway, Pacific Electric and Gas and takeover managers Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, have joined forces to announce the formation of the Coalition to Advance Healthcare Reform (CAHR). Joined by both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders at a press conference on Monday, they discussed the coalition’s core principles, its mission and called for meaningful federal and state policy reforms by 2009. The group’s chair is Steve Burd, CEO of Safeway.
In the press release (see below), the coalition believes the foundation of any reform must be based on the following: market-based healthcare system; universal coverage with individual responsibility; financial assistance for low-income individuals; healthier behavior and incentives; equal tax treatment.
Yes, it would be nice if self-employed individuals or those without employer coverage could also deduct the full premium “above the line” on their tax returns, the same way a larger business deducts health insurance costs. The Republicans – the supposed friends of small business – controlled Congress for 12 years and never bothered to make that change.
The full press release is available on the CAHR website.