AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (AFTRA)
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL COALITION ON HEALTHCARE (NCHC) SPECIFICATIONS FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM

July 20, 2004 - The report released today by the National Coalition on Health Care, "Building a Better Health Care System: Specifications for Reform," should be required reading for all Americans, irrespective of their occupation, location, political affiliation, social, ethnic or economic status.  The fact that the report is highly disquieting makes it even more essential, because the tragic and dangerous state of our nation's health care system affects everyone: from the growing millions who have no health care coverage at all, to those with coverage who often face the wide gulf between the care that patients should receive and the care that is actually delivered.

 The NCHC member organizations – corporations, unions, religious congregations, providers of medical care – and others, representing more than 150 million Americans, have risen above narrow self-interest to lay the groundwork for an urgently needed overhaul of our nation's health care system.

 As a member of the non-partisan National Coalition on Health Care, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists applauds and supports the Coalition's remarkable blueprint for a healthier America. 

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