Local Officials Encouraged to Get Involved in Health Care Reform Debate

By Bomberg, Neil | Nation's Cities Weekly, July 13, 2009 | Go to article overview

Local Officials Encouraged to Get Involved in Health Care Reform Debate


Bomberg, Neil, Nation's Cities Weekly


This is the third article in a three-part series focusing on health care reform. This part focuses on the prognosis for the passage of health care reform.

Health care analysts seem to be all over the map on the prognosis for health care reform, though most admit there is inevitability about it. Public polls suggest overwhelming if cautious support for health care reform in general and a public option in particular. And experts note that everyone seems to have a story that underscores why they see a need for health care reform.

Even the insurance industry, which is deeply concerned over the House version of health care reform, seems to have accepted health care reform's inevitability.

Big business has also thrown its support behind health care reform, often noting that the current cost structure, which is unsustainable from a competitiveness point of view, is hurting American business both here and abroad.

Wal-Mart, an NLC Corporate Partner and the nation's largest private employer, wrote a letter to President Obama supporting a mandate for employer-based coverage.

General Motors has long held that the health care burden they faced increased the price of their automobiles by several thousand dollars, making them far less appealing cost wise to consumers than their Japanese and German competitors. …

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