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The 2007 State of the Union Address: The President's Health Insurance Proposal Is Not a Solution

February 2007 - While it is encouraging that President Bush made health care a theme of this year's State of the Union address, his proposal to offer tax deductions to those who buy insurance would do little to cover the nation's nearly 47 million uninsured.

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities by Improving Health Care Quality

March 2008 - Do racial and ethnic disparities in health care quality occur because minority Americans are treated differently by their providers, or because minorities receive care in lower-quality facilities?

Aiming High: Targets for the U.S. Health System

January 2006 - The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on High Performance Health System has identified 10 priorities for the country to consider as it charts a course for health system reform.

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve: Lessons from the Past

May 2009 - The recent public exchange between the federal government and health care industry on the nature of the industry's commitment to cut costs highlights the difficulty of implementing effective measures to bend the health care cost curve.

Can Patient-Centered Medical Homes Transform Health Care Delivery?

March 2009 - A look at how medical homes could ensure accessible, patient-centered, and coordinated care for all Americans.

The Commonwealth Fund at 90

December 2008 - The 90th anniversary of The Commonwealth Fund serves as an occasion to reflect on the foundation's remarkable history and its role in supporting research and innovative practices that have driven improvements in the U.S. health care system for nearly a century.

Compassionate and Challenging Changes in Health Care

February 2009 - Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis discusses how the reforms recommended by the Fund's Commission on High Performance Health System make a compelling case for change in our health system.

Delivering Change Through Health System Organization

August 2008 - "Change" is on the minds of many Americans during this election cycle, and it is relevant to any discussion of the U.S. health care system as well.

Election 2006 Offers Hope for Health Care Reform

November 2006 - The change in the makeup of U.S. Congress—and in statehouses across the country—signals an opportunity for health care reform.

Ensuring Accountability: How a Global Fee Could Improve Hospital Care and Generate Savings

April 2009 - Offering a "global fee" that covers a bundle of services for hospitalization and 30-day post-hospital care has great potential to improve care, reduce complications, and generate savings to finance health reform, say Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis.

Federal Leadership Needed to Support State Coverage Initiatives

March 2007 - As states around the country propose health coverage plans, the Administration and Congress must pursue their pledge to support these programs with meaningful bipartisan action.

Get Organized: How to Streamline Health Care Delivery

April 2008 - Our modern health care system has spawned many specialized fields, including "patient advocacy," which offers guidance and even classes on "navigating the health care maze." But it simply shouldn't be so hard for patients to make sure that their blood test results reach the right doctor's office.

Headed in the Wrong Direction: The 2008 National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance

July 2008 - Belief in economic and scientific progress is deeply engrained in the American way of life. Evidence that health care in this country is slipping backward is, therefore, deeply troubling.

Health Care: Solutions Without Borders

November 2007 - A growing number of health care stakeholders, including policymakers and insurance industry officials, are recommending that we look across the Atlantic to countries that cover all of their citizens.

Health Information Technology: Key Lever in Health System Transformation

January 2009 - As President Obama and the new Congress embark on an ambitious agenda to reform the American health care system, the need to develop a national policy to encourage the spread of health information technology is resurfacing as a key issue.