Health Care, Education Take Center Stage at HD Meeting

By Seeger, Katie | Nation's Cities Weekly, June 9, 2008 | Go to article overview

Health Care, Education Take Center Stage at HD Meeting


Seeger, Katie, Nation's Cities Weekly


Health care took center stage at the recent Human Development (HD) Steering Committee meeting in Cathedral City, Calif.

Health care reform has become a central issue in this year's presidential election and a possible priority for a new Administration and Congress. As employers, cities spend billions of dollars each year for employer-provided health benefits and many cities are struggling with the rising costs of health care and the impact this has on their budgets and city services.

Led by Chair Paul Gresham, council member, Centerville, Ohio, committee members heard from experts in the field, including Herb Schultz, senior health care advisor for Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lucien Wulsin, executive director of Insure the Uninsured Project, and fellow committee member Wayne Anthony, council member, Columbus, Ga.

Although each offered various views on health care--there was a unifying message from all--America's health care system is broken.

"Cities have begun to accept that health care costs are going to rise 6 percent or more a year and its time for cities, the nation, and the federal government to wake up and find a solution to this serious problem," said Council Member Gresham.

The committee discussed NLC's standing health care policy and will continue to study this issue throughout 2008.

Additionally, the committee continued its focus on education by examining ways to encourage parental and community involvement in their cities.

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