Campaign for Better Health Care

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Campaign For Better Health Care
CBHC orginization logo3.jpg
FoundersJim Duffett
TypeNonprofit coalition
  • 44 E. Main Street Suite 414 Champaign, IL 61820

    1325 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60605
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The Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) is a coalition of healthcare advocates, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations working to bring a single-payer healthcare system to the United States.[1] Based in Illinois, it was founded by Jim Duffet in 1989.


A year before CBHC's founding, a handful of downstate community organizations (Danville Area Community Services Council and the Champaign County Health Care Consumers) and statewide grassroots health care organizations (Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, then Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens; Illinois Citizen Action, then Illinois Public Action Council; and the Coalition for Consumer Rights) established the Campaign for Better Health Care to provide a central statewide grassroots health care organization in support of the Affordable Care Act.[2]

The Health Care Justice Act, which was sponsored by Barack Obama in the Illinois State Senate, grew out of work done by the Campaign for Better Health Care.[3]

According to Edward McClelland, the Affordable Care Act finds its origin in the organization's work.[2]


  1. ^ Pressey, Debra (June 12, 2014). "Duffett leaving after three decades with health care campaign". The News-Gazette. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b McClelland, Edward (June 29, 2012). "How The Affordable Health Care Act Began In Illinois". NBC 5 Chicago. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ Helman, Scott (September 23, 2007). "In Illinois, Obama dealt with lobbyists". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 December 2015.

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