Center for Rural Affairs Joins Health Care for America Now Coalition

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Jon Bailey,, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1013
LYONS, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs announced today that it has joined the national Health Care for America Now Coalition.

The Center recently signed on to a set of principles for federal health care reform developed by the Coalition, a national grassroots campaign to win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all. The principles stress three points:
1. Quality, affordable health care with coverage for all Americans, including those who change employers, are self-employed or have pre-existing health conditions.
2. Effective cost control through support for preventive care and personal responsibility, standard claim forms, secure electronic medical records, use of purchasing power to lower drug prices, better management of chronic diseases, subsidies for small business and assistance for individuals based on need.
3. Choice that fosters competition and that enables all Americans to select quality coverage, including the choice of a private insurance plan, keeping the insurance they have, or enrollment in a public insurance plan that guarantees affordable coverage.

More information on these principles can be found at

“Access to affordable health insurance has become a leading obstacle to rural small business and family farm prosperity. Small business and family farm entrepreneurship are the most promising approaches for creating an economic future in rural communities. But we must find ways to overcome the obstacle to entrepreneurship created by skyrocketing health insurance costs,” said Jon Bailey, Director of the Rural Research and Analysis Program at the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Health Care for America Now coalition is sponsoring a national call-in day Wednesday, October 22, 2008. The purpose of this event is for citizens throughout the nation to ask their members of Congress to stand up for a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all. For information on whom to call and points to make, visit:

More about health care reform and rural America can be found at:

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