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Report
May 2019

Consumers First Call to Action

Families USA, in partnership with American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council, American Federation of State, Country, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, First Focus, and Pacific Business Group on Health, is launching Consumers First: The Alliance to Make the Health Care System Work for Everyone.

Consumer First’s Call to Action urges consumer health care organizations, employers, labor unions, health care professionals, and leaders across the nation to join in efforts to uproot the fundamental economic distortions in the nation’s health care payment and delivery system to ensure the best health and health care are affordable and accessible for every person across the country.

Despite the best efforts of policymakers, providers, academics, and advocates, and other stakeholders, health care prices continue to rise without commensurate improvement in quality. It is time for the vibrant network of consumer health care organizations, employers, labor unions, health care professionals, and leaders across the nation to join in efforts to uproot the fundamental economic distortions in the nation’s health care payment and delivery system to change fundamentally the economic incentives in the health care system that drive low value health care. America’s families need a unified and unbiased voice to provide a counterbalance to the entrenched interests of the health care sector that too often overlook the interests of America’s families, children, seniors and adults in the policies and programs that govern the U.S. health care system.  

Consumer First’s Call to Action identifies six major distortions as the most urgent issues for immediate action:

  • High and Rising Health Care Prices
  • Distortions Created by Provider Payment Systems, Including Medicare
  • Increased Health Care Industry Consolidation
  • Federal Tax Policy for Nonprofit Health Care Institutions and Insurance Plans
  • Flawed Workforce Policy
  • Inadequate Access to Data and Transparency

Together we will work to educate Congress, the federal government, and state policymakers about key changes that are needed in health care policy to rectify these distortions. Over the next several months, Consumers First will release a focused Congressional and Administrative policy agenda and invite other consumer groups to join this effort.  

Listen to Consumers First's inaugural telebriefing here (5/14/2019).