Clinton’s comments were part of a remarkable address in which he talked to a packed hall of meeting attendees by satellite about a range of public-policy issues—foreign and domestic—which, because of global interdependence, now require new ways of problem-solving that allow all parties win. He cited as an example the work of the William J. Clinton Foundation in negotiating with the soft-drink industry to revamp its business plans so that the companies could still profit while dramatically decreasing the amount of sugar in drinks consumed by schoolchildren.
Similarly, though some people still need to be persuaded of the value and importance of mental health coverage, the issue is now one of getting all parties to work together to make it happen, he emphasized.
“This issue [of mental health access] still needs to be destigmatized among some,” said Clinton. “But it is now largely a question of problem-solving….There has got to be a way out of this [political gridlock] so that we join every other wealthy, decent society on earth and provide universal, affordable health care to all that doesn’t exclude mental health care.”
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