Support A Public Option In Health Care Reform

Resolution Number BRGL09.13

Support A Public Option In Health Care Reform

WHEREAS, President Obama's call for Congress to pass a health care reform package represents the best chance of improving our health care system in a generation; and

WHEREAS, the goal of health care reform should be expanding health coverage to every American, ensuring the long-term fiscal solvency of Medicare and Medicaid, preventing rising health care costs from crippling our government and economy, and improving health care outcomes across the board; and

WHEREAS, short of the best solution -- creating a single-payer plan -- no health care reform can be successful in these goals without the creation of a true public option, similar to Medicare, open to all Americans, that competes with private insurance and utilizes low administrative costs, rate bargaining with providers and pharmaceutical companies, and technological cost-savings measures to improve efficiency;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports a Medicare-style single payer health care system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that should the Congress move forward with a non-single payer health care system, the California Democratic Party strongly supports the inclusion of a government run, Medicare-style, public option health insurance plan that permits the federal government to negotiate reduced prices for medical care and prescription products and the California Democratic Party will forward this resolution to our California U.S. Senators, California Democratic Congressional Delegation, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and President Barack Obama.

Sponsored by Los Angeles County Democratic Party; Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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