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US Chamber Of Commerce Outlines Health Care Agenda For 2008

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U.S. Chamber ofCommerce President Thomas Donohue on Tuesday in his annual "Stateof American Business" speech included discussion of the group'shealth care agenda in 2008, CQHealthBeat reports.

The goals as outlined byDonohue's speech and an accompanying report include:

  • Supporting federal preemption legislation that only allows\tstates to file lawsuits against pharmaceutical and medical device\tcompanies for products regulated by FDA\tin federal courts and under federal law; \t


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    Backing requirements for physicians to use electronic\tprescribing; \t


  • Pushing for federal measures to allow for the creation of\tSmall Business Health Plans (SBHPs), which would allow small\tbusinesses to pool their employees to provide group health insurance\tcoverage; and


  • Opposing legislation that would revise the Employee\tRetirement Income Security Act, establish price controls on\tprescription drugs and require paid leave under the Family and\tMedical Leave Act.

Donohue declined to address the health care proposals of any ofthe presidential candidates specifically. However, he said that,although "some believe the answer to these challenges isWashington-run health care," such a proposal "is not theanswer" supported by the chamber (Nylen, CQ HealthBeat,1/8).

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