Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) joined 247 other organizations as part of the StartOver! Coalition in urging President Obama to scrap the current healthcare reform proposals passed last year by the House and Senate and begin anew during the February 25, 2010 bi-partisan healthcare summit in crafting real reforms that will significantly reduce health insurance costs for employers and employees and increase accessibility to affordable health insurance.

The Coalition states, while outlining in its letter seven basic strategies that will immediately reduce health insurance costs and widen availability, “We strongly urge you to avoid the punitive approach taken by the House and Senate-passed bills and instead focus on a fresh approach that places top priority on immediately reducing the cost of care and coverage for all.”

HARDI will continue to advance cost-reducing strategies such as the pooling of health insurance purchasing power and medical malpractice reform during its 2010 Congressional Fly-In May 18-19 in an effort to help its distributors continue to provide strong group health insurance programs for employees at reasonable costs. For details about HARDI’s Congressional Fly-In, visit www.hardinet.org/events.