The groundbreaking Healthy Wisconsin initiative, which guarantees health care for all residents, will be the subject of a conference call sponsored by Families USA, the Universal Health Care Action Network, and the Progressive States Network, who is hosting the call.
Wednesday, August 1st, from Noon to 1pm (EDT) RSVP Here
To balance the federal budget, which has been in the red since early in Bush's first term, the President wants to squeeze $70 billion out of Medicaid and Medicare by reducing payments to hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians, and, most shockingly, by cutting funds from the widely successfull State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP.
Calling it the "first step on a very, very long journey," State Senator Alan Bates, who co-chairs Oregone's Senate Commission on Health Care Access and Affordability, said the commission will draft a bill for the 2007 Legislature that will "make Oregon the first state to provide universal health care with a system to contain costs."
While the proposal has been broadly described by the Commission, important details and questions remain.