Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole recently held a forum on reforming the U.S. health care system at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kan. Patient advocates, rural health experts, health system leaders and others shared perspectives on health care reform strategies and discussed ways to support and engage individuals in the health care system.
The forum was part of the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Leader's Project on the State of American Health Care. The project is chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell and is an unprecedented effort to help break political gridlock regarding health care reform. Early in 2009, the project leaders will recommend politically viable policies to address the delivery, cost, coverage and financing challenges facing the nation's health care system. The project is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.