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MICHIGAN LEADERS SET PRINCIPLES FOR U.S. HEALTH CARE REFORM

 LANSING, Mich., Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- Key Michigan business, union, health care leaders, and the state's governor met today to continue discussions on reforming the U.S. health care system.
 The group, co-chaired by Gov. John Engler and Ford Motor Company Chairman Harold A. Poling, believes meaningful reform must include the following four basic principles:
 -- Universal Coverage -- Reform must assure all residents access to affordable health care;
 -- Cost Containment -- Reform must assure costs of benefits provided are reasonable;
 -- Quality -- Reform must assure care is appropriate, necessary, effective and delivered in a professional manner that satisfies patients;
 -- Equitable Financing -- Reform must assure costs are spread fairly among all participants in the health care system.
 The leadership group stated it looks forward to working with the Clinton administration and Congress to help assure health care reform, consistent with the above guidelines, becomes a reality.
 They said the high cost of health care and the large numbers of Americans who do not have basic health care insurance are national problems that need national solutions.
 The group also agreed to continue to work together to push for reform, noting that Michigan can act as a catalyst in the process.
 Members of the group, in addition to Engler and Poling, are: Susan Hershberg Adelman, M.D., past president, Michigan State Medical Society; Joseph E. Antonini, chairman, president and CEO, Kmart Corporation; Owen F. Bieber, president, UAW; Robert J. Eaton, vice chairman and COO, Chrysler Corporation; Frank D. Garrison, president, Michigan AFL-CIO; Edward B. McRee, president and CEO, Ingham Medical Center Corporation, representing the Michigan Hospital Association; Jerry K. Myers, president and CEO, Steelcase, Inc.; John F. Smith Jr., president and CEO, General Motors Corporation; and Richard E. Whitmer, president and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.
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 ~CONTACT: Rude Difazio of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, 313-225-8113; or John Truscott of Gov. Engler's office, 517-335-6397~


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