Friday, June 26, 2009

Sebelius reiterates Obama's support for public option

Sebelius reiterates Obama's support for public option
by Joel Wendland
People's Weekly World Newspaper
06/26/09 15:34

Pressing hard on the urgency of needed health reform, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a set of new state-by-state reports this week documenting the nation's broken health system.

The new reports reveal that it doesn't matter which state or region, "the health care crisis impacts all of America," Sebelius told reporters on a conference call June 26. In her responses to questions, she reiterated President Obama's support for a public option as part of the needed reforms.

The reports, produced by HHS's Agency for Health Research and Quality, showed a dire picture of far too many people without coverage and far too many with insurance who have only inadequate access to care. "Skyrocketing health care costs are hurting families, forcing businesses to cut or drop health benefits, and straining state budgets," the reports point out. "Millions are paying more for less."

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