Opponents of stem cell research are shifting their focus to state houses after President Obama lifted Bush administration restrictions on federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research. The Georgia Senate recently passed a ban on therapeutic cloning and the creation of embryos for any purpose other than procreation. The Mississippi House passed a bill to prohibit the University of Mississippi from using state funds "for research that kills or destroys an existing human embryo." And, as the New York Times reports, some states are considering bills that would define an embryo as a person.
PSN's Health Care Policy Specialist Adam Thompson participates in a round table discussion on Laura Flanders's GritTv to discuss the prospects for comprehensive health care reform on the eve of President Obama's Health Care Summit.
This week, the Washington State Senate's health committee approved a
bill to achieve health-care-for-all by 2012. Sponsored by committee
Chair Sen. Karen Keiser, SB 5945 as amended
combines immediate steps to expand access to coverage and cut
administrative costs with a planning process to refine proposals for
comprehensive reform by 2012. This action came as the Seattle City Council and Seattle Post-Intelligencerendorsed national single-payer health care, emphasizing the continuing efforts in states to move forward health care reform.
States aren't waiting on health care reform, and the following just highlights that state initiatives reflect the priorities that federal reform will need to address - a public health care plan option to provide an alternative for consumers, tightened rules around insurance, Rx pricing reforms, and more. State action on health care reform just helps to maintain the drumbeat for federal reform within public opinion and ensure that federal reform includes these and other key priorities.
Des Moines, IA - Today, at a hearing of the Iowa State Senates
Subcommitteee on Senate File 48, Progressive States Network Senior
Health Care Policy Specialist Adam Thompson provided the following
written testimony in support of Sen. Jack Hatch's owa Health Care
Coverage Partnership Program:
While the effort for federal health care reform recovers from the withdrawl of former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle to lead President Obama's health care reform efforts, state legislators are moving forward with a medley of health care bills - both incremental and comprehensive in scope. These reforms reflect keypriorities for federal reform and can be tapped to bolster the public's support for the federal effort.
Calling it "a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American", President Obama signed into law an expansion of SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The law, twice vetoed by President Bush, will enable states to expand coverage to 4 million uninsured children by 2013 and maintain coverage for the roughly 7 million currently enrolled in the program. The law signed by President Obama includes several key advances:
Olympia, WA — At a hearing today of the Washington State Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, the actuarial firm Mathematica Policy Research will present a new study showing that Washington state could cut health care costs from $300 million to $800 million and boost economic activity anywhere between $370 million to $1.6 billion from a range of comprehensive health care reform initiatives proposed last year by state lawmakers.
Set against the backdrop of devastating budget shortfalls in states and households across the country, the report bolsters the case for national and state health care reform playing a central role in ongoing economic recovery efforts.