11:28 AM Eastern - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

State Legislators to the Hill: We Need Health Care Reform

If you want to know what it takes to draft good health care reform legislation, ask the people who've been doing it for the past 50 years - state legislators.

700 state legislators from every state have signed on to a letter to the President, HHS Secretary Sebelius, and leaders in Congress, asking them to support the key ingredients for real health care reform. And, today, a delegation of legislators from around the country will be on Capitol Hill to meet with the White House and deliver the letter.

From the letter:

Key priorities for reform are reflected in recent state initiatives and public opinion polls which show that Americans want more choices and options for quality health care. Americans recognize that the private sector alone has proven incapable of creating a high-quality, fair, and accountable health care system that works for all families. Therefore, a key priority for reform is the choice of a public health insurance plan that is available to businesses, individuals, and families.
These are elected officials who have been legislating on health care reform for years, and have a keen understanding of how burdensome our broken health care system is for state budgets and for people's pocketbooks.

You can check out the letter being delivered on the Progressive State Network's website and see if your state legislator has signed on.

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