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Citizens' Health Care Working Group

Health Care that Works for All Americans

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It's Up To You

What's next in the national discussion about our health care? This is your chance to be part of an important debate. Use the resources of this web site to learn about our health care system.

What happens next, depends on you.

The Health Report to the American People

The Working Group, as required by its enabling legislation, released The Health Report to the American People in October 2005 to address important questions about health care, including:

  • How much does health care cost in the United States?
  • Where does the money come from?
  • Where does it go?
  • How many people have health insurance?

This information was based on hearings held by the Working Group between April and September 2005 in venues across the country.

As released, October 5, 2005:

REPORT -- The Health Report to the American People, provides a basic set of information to start a national discussion on health care and lead to solid ideas and recommendations for a health care system that works for all Americans. (PDF version)*

INVITATION -- The Invitation to the American People, an informational booklet which identifies key facts and issues. (PDF version* - color; PDF version* - b&w)

SLIDE SHOW -- The Health Care Story - a PowerPoint slide* presentation about health care in America entitled "Information - Participation - Action" (PDF version*)

INTRO TRAILER -- Introductory video (1 min.) describing the Working Group mission. (WMV format*, 1.5 MB, viewable using Windows Media Player)

VIDEO SHOW -- The Need to Take Action - a video (7-min.) on the Working Group mission to obtain citizen input on health care in America. (WMV format*, 12.9 MB)



To Learn more, you may wish to read:

  • The public law creating the Working Group;
  • Summaries and transcripts of the completed public meetings and hearings of the Working Group; and
  • Various other resources including topical indexes, reports, papers, and presentations.
Final Recommendations

The Working Group sent its Final Recommendations to Congress and the President on September 29, 2006. These recommendations are based on input received from many sources:

  • mail and e-mail from citizens
  • participants in community meetings
  • respondents to Web polls
  • presenters at public hearings, and
  • comments made in response to the Working Group's Interim Recommendations.


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