June 18, 2009 by Bleeding Heartland
Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch was in Washington yesterday to chair the first meeting of a working group on health care. According to a White House press release,
State Legislators for Health Reform includes leaders from across the country who will educate their communities on the need for health reform this year. The legislators will host public events, author opinion pieces in local publications, and use their established networks to organize constituents in support of health reform.
The Iowa Senate Democrats issued a statement from Hatch, who said the state legislators told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that “state-level health care reforms can only go so far.” He added that Sebelius
“stressed the need to expand choices in the health insurance market is essential. Increased competition will lower costs and improve patient care.”That’s why we all agreed that Americans must have a public health insurance option and now is the time to speak up.”
A public option that makes health insurance more accessible and affordable for adults is also likely to improve the health of children.