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RELEASE: PSN condemns Rell's veto of groundbreaking health care bills, urges override

NEW YORK — In response to Governor Rell's veto yesterday of two groundbreaking health care bills, Progressive States Network Senior Health Care Policy Specialist Adam Thompson today released the following statement:

“By passing the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership and SustiNet earlier this year, the Connecticut General Assembly gave Governor Rell a unique opportunity. She could have been the first Governor in the country to implement a public health insurance option. She could have extended quality affordable care to 98 percent of the population. She could have given badly needed financial relief to working families and small businesses at a time when they need it most. Instead she chose to uphold a status quo that is crippling the economy and sending families into bankruptcy.

Governor of No? - On health care, governor can stand with the people

With two landmark health care reform bills now on her desk, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has to decide whose side she is on -- small businesses and families struggling under the weight of high health care costs, or the state's health insurance industry, which has a big stake in preserving the costly status quo. Will she allow precedent-setting health care reforms to proceed, or will she, for the second year in a row, be the "Governor of No"?

State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform - DC Delegation

Many of the key priorities for comprehensive reform being debated by Congress and the Obama Administration have already been discussed in states and, in many cases, are being implemented in states. For the past decade, state legislators have navigated many of the political and policy challenges that are now confronting federal policymakers.

State senator pressing for "competitive public product"

A state senator who was in the nation's capital this week to lobby for health care reform says it's time for a "competitive public product" to give Americans a more affordable alternative to private health insurance.

Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, was among a small group of state legislators who met with White House officials on Wednesday.

State legislators lobby for public health care insurance by year's end

WASHINGTON — State legislators urged Congress and the White House on Wednesday to enact comprehensive health care legislation that includes a public health insurance component by year's end.

Members of the Progressive States Network, a state government coalition, met with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to lobby for a public insurance option. They said that would answer Americans' call to provide health care coverage for all.

Regional lawmakers, doctors join campaign supporting a public-health plan

Would you buy a health-insurance policy sold by the U.S. government? What if it offered good coverage, affordable rates and were available anywhere in the country?

Pushing back against Republican attacks on President Obama's vision of a public-health plan, a nationwide coalition of state lawmakers, small-business owners, physicians, community groups and others Wednesday launched a public-relations campaign aimed at building support for an option they believe is essential for meaningful health reform.

PSN makes state voices heard in DC health care debate

As battle lines are drawn on Capitol Hill over the coming battle over health care reform, Progressive States Network is putting state legislators in the middle of the national debate. On Wednesday, PSN led a delegation representing over 700 state legislators to Washington D.C. to deliver a letter to the Obama Administration and Congress urging them to pass comprehensive health care reform with a public insurance option by the end of the year. The letter, which was signed by a bipartisan group of over 700 legislators from 48 states, called for any federal reform bill to include a public health insurance option, strong affordability protections, and shared employer responsibility for health care costs.

The Note: Windmills and Buzzers

Wednesday’s lobbying push starts at the top: Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and Howard Baker announce recommendations at a noon ET press conference in Washington, as organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

And it moves down to the state level, with the Progressive States Network fanning out on the Hill and to the White House to make the case.

The Early Word: Policy in Overdrive


Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, has his own event, releasing a letter from more than 600 state legislators urging Congress and the administration to enact health care reform by the end of the year. The letter calls for any reform to include a public health option, something Mr. Harkin firmly backs himself.

Sebelius Says Obama Wants Health Overhaul Cost 'Within the Bounds of Reason'

Both Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle, White House director of health care reform, were set to meet Wednesday afternoon with a group of state legislators called the Progressive States Network who support a public option as part of any overhaul plan. The lawmakers said at a press conference that they will bring along a letter signed by 700 legislators calling for a public health insurance plan as part of comprehensive health reform.