The United States is in a health care crisis. Americans now pay twice as much as any other developed nation for their health care, but for the first time in a century, life expectancy has declined for 3 straight years.

Two thirds of all bankruptcies are caused by medical costs. Before arguing about specific health care proposals, we must all agree on the two basic problems: cost of health care in America is too high and tens of millions of people still don’t have access.

Any serious health care plan must bring down the cost of medical treatment, especially prescription drugs, guarantee that patients with pre-existing conditions will never lose coverage, and ensure that no one in this country is uninsured.

Congress should consider any proposal that addresses these issues, regardless of ideology.

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