The skyrocketing cost of health care is the number one concern of America's families and small businesses. In the absence of Congressional leadership a growing number of states are adopting new approaches to providing affordable, quality health care. Too many of the current plans focus on extending coverage without addressing costs. Strategies that rely more on consumer choice to drive down costs and drive up quality appear to have the best chance of meeting the health care needs of most Americans. Charlie will encourage Congress to take the best of the experiments now proliferating across America to build a national health care policy that will make affordable, quality care available to all Mainers.