Health Care for All

PSN's Key Health Care Bills for 2009

PSN's Key Health Care Bills for 2009

On Health Care Reform, the "Cost of Doing Nothing" - How does your state measure up?

The New America Foundation recently issued a sobering analysis of the costs associated with failing to fundamentally reform health care in the US.  The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why the Cost of Failing to Fix Our Health System is Greater than the Cost of Reform details the staggering economic costs of doing nothing and the obscene burden on families and businesses, not to mention state and local governments.

A First Look at How McCain and Obama's Policies Would Affect the States

There are stark differences between the two presidential campaigns' approaches to federal-state relationships.  Differences range from the amount of funding appropriated for programs run by the states to whether the candidates would strengthen or weaken state regulatory authority.

Health Care for All: Policy Options for 2009

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While US Olympians Excel, US Health Care Under-performs

US athletes are now showing their mettle, competing against the world in the Beijing Summer Olympics.  Since the modern summer Olympics began in 1896, the US has been a force; consistently fielding a dominant cadre of athletes and ranking first, or among the top, in the overall medal count. In the spirit of competition and international comparison, this Stateside Dispatch will look at how well our health care system stacks up against our peers in the international community.


The need for health care reform is well-known and, to most Americans, indisputable.  Numerous statistics and an endless trove of real-life stories document the need for bold health care reform.  This section provides four sets of policies to help state legislators and advocates build proposals and political strategies to challenge the self-interests of the health care industry and successfully move health care reform:

The cost of health care is the primary reason at least 47 million Americans lack coverage and at least 25 million more are under-insured, meaning their insurance does not shield them from high health care costs.  From 2002 to 2007, family insurance premiums rose 78% while inflation rose 17% and wages a mere 19%.  Both employers and employees are feeling the squeeze.  

Failure to create a coordinated and user-friendly health care system that provides necessary coverage for all Americans has left us with the endemic health care costs and wasteful spending that define our disjointed health care system.  For instance, a staggering 78% of all health care costs are for people with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and depression - costs which could be reduced with effective management and disease prevention.



Hartford - The Progressive States Network, a national group that tracks state initiatives to achieve quality and affordable health care, lauded the Senate's passage of the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership (HB 5536) and strongly urged Governor Rell to sign the legislation. Connecticut would be the first state to allow small businesses and municipalities to buy into the non-profit group health plan currently provided to state employees - potentially saving local taxpayers millions of dollars and reducing small employer premiums.

Allowing small businesses, non-profits, and municipalities to join the 200,000 members-strong state plan will foster competition among health insurance carriers and give employers, municipalities and working families the clout they need to negotiate a better deal for health insurance.