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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.

RELEASE: Delegation representing 700 state legislators meets with White House, Congress to urge public health insurance option

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As battle lines are drawn on Capitol Hill in the coming battle over health care reform, state legislators are taking on a central role in the debate. Today, at a Capitol Hill press conference hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin and a White House meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Director of the White House Office of Health Care Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, a delegation of state legislators organized by the national group Progressive States Network delivered a letter urging comprehensive health care reform within the year. The letter, which was signed by 700 legislators from 47 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.

Priorities for Reform from the Legislative Letter

The legislative letter states: “The serious problems with health care in America ”š ever-rising costs, limited access, inconsistent quality, and waste and inefficiency”š converge in the states. The effects of these problems stress state budgets, exhaust family resources, result in lost worker productivity, stifle entrepreneurial spirit, and literally cause tens of thousands of deaths each year.

Our disjointed health care system has formed a choke-hold on our economy, limiting job growth and economic development. We cannot fix the economy without fixing health care.”

Research Roundup: The Need for Health Care Reform, Protecting Labor Agreements in NY, and Responding to Right-Wing Media Stories

The Need for Health Care Reform:

  • More Bang for the Health Care Buck
  • Efficiency and Quality: The Role of Controlling Health Care Cost Growth in Health Care Reform
  • Health Reform: The Cost of Failure

Project Labor Agreements in New York State: In the Public Interest

Where Have All of Maryland’s Millionaires Gone? Nowhere — They’re Probably Just Not Millionaires Anymore 

"Obama-Ready" Public Health Insurance Plans Approved by CT House

Last week, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed two bills that proponents say will make Connecticut "Obama-ready" for national health care reform being debated in Congress.  Most notably, each CT bill would create the choice of a public health insurance plan in the state.

State Public Health Insurance Plans are Models for National Health Reform

While the current debate in DC has focused on the choice of public health insurance plan, this Dispatch will outline how state legislators and health care advocates have already been advancing the priority of a public plan - helping to build grassroots support for creating the choice of a public health insurance plan as part of comprehensive health care reform.  Notable state campaigns to extend public plans to more families include Healthy Wisconsin, a guaranteed health care program for all state residents, providing state employee-level benefits and ensuring consumers' choice of providers, which passed the State Senate in 2007, and the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership, allowing small businesses and municipalities to buy coverage through the state employee health plan, which passed the legislature in 2008 but was vetoed by the Governor. This year, these initiatives have been reinvigorated by legislators and joined by other proposals that hinge on creating a public plan, like SustiNet, a comprehensive reform measure which creates a true public health insurance option in Connecticut, the nation's insurance capitol. 

Research Roundup: No Paid Leave for Moms, The State and Local Drag on the Stimulus, Some New Important Reports on Health Care, U

No Paid Leave for New Moms  

The State and Local Drag on the Stimulus

More Americans Losing Health Insurance Every Day

How Effectively Does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Help Laid-Off Workers and States Cope with Health Care Costs?

Health Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts:  Estimates from the 2008 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey

Healthy Competition: How to Structure Public Health Insurance Plan Choice to Ensure Risk- Sharing, Cost Control and Quality Improvement

Improving Access to Language Services in Health Care: A Look at National and State Efforts

Health Insurance Coverage of New York State’s Home Care Aides

Is New York Prepared to Care? A Comprehensive Coverage Solution for Home Care

US Electorate Most Diverse in History

Saving Dollars, Saving Democracy - Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization

Public Attitudes on State Election Administration, Goals, and Reforms

The Youth Vote in 2008 

Stimulating Excellence: Unleashing the Power of Innovation in Education

Picturing Smart Growth

New Mexico 2009 Legislative Roundup

A number of progressive reforms were enacted in New Mexico this year.  Green jobs and energy bills were some of the biggest measures that passed, along with a death penalty repeal and an anti-bias law.

New analysis on income inequality & taxing the wealthy, transit & clean energy, life for immigrants in America & much more

  • New analysis on income inequality and taxing the wealthy
  • New transit and clean energy reports
  • Life for immigrants in America
  • New health care reports
  • Effects of race and changing gender on poverty and unemployment