Support Public Option as an Essential Element of Health Care Reform

Resolution Number SD09.24

Support Public Option as an Essential Element of Health Care Reform

WHEREAS, the health care system of the United States is in a crisis, with almost fifty million Americans lacking any health insurance, tens of millions more lacking adequate coverage, and millions more who do have private coverage paying increasingly unaffordable premiums, resulting in inadequate access to care and premature death, illness, or financial ruins for millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS, public polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans want health care reform to offer the choice of a robust public option similar to Medicare in order to, in the words of President Obama, "keep the insurance companies honest," while co-ops or so-called "triggers" are inadequate in and of themselves to address the health care crisis by creating significant competition for the medical insurance industry; and

WHEREAS, Republicans and their allies in the health insurance industry have organized and funded groups of people to disrupt efforts on the part of the Democratic majority and administration to reasonably discuss the issue with the American people, and have demonstrated and utter unwillingness to compromise in any way to pass meaningful health care reform;

that the California Democratic Party urges Democratic members of Congress to vote for only such health care reform proposals that contain at least a robust public option at all stages of the legislative process including conference and reconciliation, as well as a provision to allow states to implement a single-payer plan, and encourages Democratic legislators to use any available parliamentary means to pass such reform; and

that the California Democratic Party shall send a copy of this resolution to all California Democratic members of Congress.

Submitted by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, Steve Preminger, Chair

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel, San Diego
November 15, 2009

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