Enzo Pastore, PSN's Health Care Policy Specialist, joined a panel discussion with Laura Flanders of GRITtv to discuss the importance of health care legislation in the states as Congress and the Obama Administration begin a final push towards passing federal health care reform.
As the U.S. Congress enters its final push to enact health care reform legislation, state legislators working with Progressive States Network have been raising their voices to make sure key state concerns are addressed in final negotiations.
This statement is in response to a press conference held Monday morning
by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington
DC, in association with the Association of American Physicians and
Surgeons (AAPS), featuring a letter signed by 100 state legislators
opposing the Senate health reform bill.
Today, state legislators representing over 1000 colleagues will meet
with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, bringing
a message of state support for real health care reform, including the
public option. The delegation will meet with President Obama and other
White House officials in the West Wing starting at 12:30pm, with
Senator Harkin at 11:15am and with Speaker Pelosi at 3:30pm. The over
two dozen state legislators in the delegation are also meeting with
other Senators and Congressional representatives over two days
Network, a group representing state legislators across the country, announced
today that 1057 state legislators from all fifty states have signed letters to
Congress asking for real health reform, including a public health insurance
option, strong affordability protections, and shared responsibility among
individuals, employers and government for health care costs.
State legislative leaders, along with mayors from around the
country, will be coming to Washington, D.C. next week to bring this message of
state support for reform to Capitol Hill and the White House.
PHILADELPHIA — Today, the hotly contested public health insurance option won a final stamp of approval from the body representing every state legislature in the country. After passing through the National Conference of State Legislatures' Standing Health Committee on Tuesday, an amendment to the organization's official policy recommendations calling on the federal government to create a public health insurance option was approved by the NCSL's full body by a 38 to 11 vote. Legislators backing the amendment cited the need to break the impasse in Washington as one of their primary reasons for passing it.
According to Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch (D, Des Moines), who introduced the amendment, “Today, we sent a very clear message to people dragging their feet in Washington: the time to act on health reform is now, and states are not going to sit on the sidelines and watch. We won't settle for halfway measures and we won't stand for delay. We need a public health insurance option to make sure working families and small businesses are free to choose the best health care available at a price they can afford. And we need it now.”
PHILADELPHIA — This Tuesday, the hotly contested public health
insurance option won endorsement from the body representing every state
legislature in the country. Citing the need for immediate action to
stem the rising costs of health care, three quarters of the states
represented on the the National Conference of State Legislatures'
Standing Committee on Health voted to include an amendment calling for
a public health insurance option in the committee's policy
recommendations for federal health care reform. On Thursday, the
recommendation will come up for a vote before the full body of NCSL,
whose membership includes over 7,500 state legislators across the