The Concord Coalition is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility and reform. Since 1992 Concord has worked to educate the American public about the causes and consequences of the growing federal debt and the need to develop realistic solutions for sustainable budgets.
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WASHINGTON – The Concord Coalition said today that if Congress raises physician reimbursement rates in Medicare, it should spell out how to pay for the changes.
DENVER – Colorado residents will have an opportunity next Thursday to question national experts on how the country can plan for a better economic future in the face of skyrocketing federal debt, an aging population and rapidly rising health care costs.
As House and Senate leaders negotiate the final details of their respective health care reforms bills, The Concord Coalition warned today that one provision under consideration, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, is structurally unsound and fiscally irresponsible. Moreover, the long-term cost of this new entitlement, which could be substantial, is hidden by the fact that it appears to produce a short-term windfall.
Concord Coalition Co-Chairs Warren B. Rudman and Bob Kerrey today called on President Obama to push for concrete measures, including a federal health care budget, to curb runaway medical costs.
Concord Coalition Says New Projections Show Need For Health Care Cost Control and Deficit Reduction PlanAugust 25, 2009
With today’s release of new budget projections from the Obama administration showing deficits totaling more than $9 trillion over the next 10 years, The Concord Coalition said that cost control must be the primary focus of health care reform and called for a bipartisan deficit reduction plan. Furthermore, the administration’s numbers are optimistic when compared to what would occur if we simply extended current policy.
Washington -- The Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare today issued a set of principles to guide the health care reform debate. Comprised of a diverse group of Iowa health care providers, purchasers, payers, patient advocates, and policy analysts, the Committee identified the following consensus-based principles for high-value, fi
On June 15 and June 16, The Concord Coalition and the Youth Entitlements Summit (YES) hosted a two-day conference in Washington, D.C with support from The Peter G. Peterson Foundation. The conference brought together youth leaders and organizations and created an action plan for addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges. The participants resolved to coordinate their efforts on educating and engaging youth on fiscal issues.
The Concord Coalition today reiterated its support for enacting statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules, particularly in light of proposals to expand the federal government’s health care commitments. Concord warned, however, that the Obama Administration’s PAYGO proposal would exempt $3.5 trillion of specific policies from the rule and protect most spending programs from across-the-board cuts intended to enforce the rule.
WASHINGTON -- With today's release of the annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports again showing that the nation’s two largest programs are on a troubled fiscal path, The Concord Coalition urged politicians to work together on reforms of both programs aimed at producing a sustainable future. Reform efforts will need to recognize the underlying structural factors contributing to their unsustainability -- demographic changes and escalating health care costs.
“Today’s report documents a failure of generational stewardship.