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Bipartisanship is now the name of the game on immigration, with power politicos Condoleezza Rice, Henry Cisneros, Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell adding their firepower to overhaul efforts.
Rice and Cisneros -- veterans of the George W. Bush and Clinton White Houses, respectively — will co-chair a new bipartisan task force that will offer recommendations to Congress on how to revamp the nation's immigration laws. They'll be joined in the group's leadership by two ex-governors — Barbour, R-Miss., and Rendell, D-Pa.
Ezra’s Top 5 stories of the day: “The Bipartisan Policy Center’s push on immigration reform goes live. “A high-profile new bipartisan group is forming to pressure Congress to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center announced Monday. The group will also be led by former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, as well as former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.”
"If we are to significantly improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in our nation, we must employ the power of health information technology (IT). New delivery and payment models that demonstrate improvements in cost and quality require robust IT to succeed. This includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and other software that is designed to inform clinical decision-making. Now, a new set of principles, created with bipartisan and broad stakeholder support, promises to help guide health IT development and use in ways that promote patient safety."
"Here at the Bipartisan Policy Center, we’ve put together six ideas that can guide Congress to a deal that both parties should be able to live with, a deal that will raise necessary revenue and help pay down the debt."
High and rising health care costs consume a large and rapidly growing portion of the federal budget, crowding out investments in other crucial priorities such as education, defense and infrastructure and putting pressure on other priorities of households, businesses and governments.