Election Results May Help Move U.S. Toward a High-Performance Health Care System

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<p>The change in the makeup of the U.S. Congress--and in statehouses across the country--signals an opportunity for health care reform.<br><br>In a <a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=25237&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecmwf%2Eorg%2Faboutus%2Faboutus%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D422964%26%23doc422964">new column,</a> Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis writes that a truly bipartisan approach to health care could help the country begin to address serious problems like the rising numbers of uninsured and soaring health care costs--issues which Americans have identified as top priorities.<br><br>Some other key policy issues that may move into the spotlight include: adequate funding and possible expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program; legislation to grant Medicare the authority to negotiate prescription drug prices; and new efforts to speed the adoption of information technology.<br><br>"If Democrats and Republicans are willing to commit to working together to achieve reform," Davis writes, "all Americans will benefit."</p>