Former senators join forces for healthcare reform

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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell have launched the Bipartisan Policy Center's Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care.

The project will hold four forums will be held throughout the year, each one hosted by a different former senator. Each forum will address an important topic in healthcare reform: preserving and improving quality and value of care; providing affordable, accessible coverage choices in a reformed insurance market; ensuring and promoting a strong individual role in health care coverage and costs; and securing a workable financing mechanism for health care.

Recommendations from the group will be given to the public, Congress and the administration after the election of a new president. The leaders will direct the project with help from healthcare policy experts, including Mark McClellan, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.