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More than a Thousand State Legislators Support Real Health Reform; State Legislators Coming to D.C. Next Week
1057 legislators from across the country show overwhelming support for health care reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Progressive States 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.
“State legislators have been on the front lines of health care reform for decades,” said Texas Representative Garnet Coleman, co-chair of Progressive States Network, “Most proposed elements of federal reform are based on ideas already debated and in many cases enacted in the states. So state legislators know what is needed to make reform work.”
In addition to these letters showing broad-based state
legislator support for reform, the National Conference of State Legislatures
(NCSL) in August voted to support federal health care reform, including a
public health insurance option. The vote at the annual NCSL conference was
overwhelming, with representatives of 38 states supporting the resolution. As
Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch (D, Des Moines), who introduced the amendment,
said at the time, “We sent a very clear message to people dragging their feet
in Washington: the time to act on health reform is now. 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.”
“Talk radio and television may generate a lot of noise,” said Nathan Newman, PSN’s executive director, “but the over 1000 legislators in all fifty states supporting affordable, quality health care for all Americans, including a public insurance option, reflects the voices of communities across our nation. These legislators are asking to fix a broken health care system and improve both individual lives and the economic competitiveness of our nation.”
The list of 1057 legislators supporting reform reflects 943 legislators signing a letter to Congress and President Obama sponsored by Progressive States Network itself, along with two separate letters from legislators in the states of Connecticut (92 additional names) and New Mexico (25 additional names) reflecting advocacy of similar reforms.
A full copy of the PSN letter with all signers, along with
links to the New Mexico and Connecticut letters, can be obtained at http://progressivestates.org/statefedhealth .
The text of the PSN letter was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network.
Progressive States Network is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the passage of state legislation that delivers on issues the issues that matter to working families: strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide.