Make Chronic Disease The Key Health Care Issue In 2008

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Chronic Disease

Chronic disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and the greatest threat to the US health care system.

That is why a bipartisan group of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts are coming together on May 15th to launch the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a coalition committed to making chronic disease the key health issue in the 2008 presidential election.


The PFCD is led by former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona and Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., a former White House health policy advisor. They will be announcing the broad-based effort to change the way our nation approaches chronic disease at a panel discussion at the National Capital YMCA in Washington D.C.

Over the following days and weeks, Thorpe and Dr. Mark McClellan, former Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will participate in local chapter launches in high-profile presidential primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. They will work with more than 50 partner organizations to continue spreading the message through the 2008 presidential election.

-- Chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. - killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year, according to the CDC

-- Chronic diseases account for 75% of the $2 trillion dollars spent each year on health care in the U.S.