The press release says it all really. A public health plan option is the most doable option right now and while far from what the public is demanding (a single payer system would be the most logical), the PHP option is a good first step in that direction if it's done properly. Senator Russ Feingold spoke eloquently about this on Friday night as well!
Thanks to both the WI Congressman and the WI State Senator for their leadership on this issue on behalf of citizens and businesses nationwide and thanks to the 26 legislators from Wisconsin who have signed onto this legislative demand.
From Progressive States Network:
WISCONSIN STATE SENATOR JON ERPENBACH TO REPRESENT OVER 600 STATE LEGISLATORS IN DELIVERING LETTER TO WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS URGING CHOICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH PLAN
As health care battle heats up on Capitol Hill, Wisconsin takes central role in pushing for progressive reform
WHAT: A dozen state legislators will hand off a letter from 600 of their colleagues urging health care reform including a public insurance option to Sen. Tom Harkin and other Members of Congress.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 1:15pm
WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385, Washington, D.C.
WHO: Sen. Tom Harkin (D - IA)
Rep. Steve Kagen, M.D. (D - WI)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D - ME)
Connecticut State House Speaker Christopher Donovan (D - 84)
Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D - 147)
Wisconsin State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D - 27)
Iowa State Sen. Jack Hatch (D - 33)
As battle lines begin to be drawn around provisions for a public health insurance plan in draft House and Senate health reform bills, Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach will take up a central role in the debate. At a White House meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and a Capitol Hill press conference hosted by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Erpenbach will join a delegation of state legislators organized by the national group Progressive States Network as they deliver a letter urging comprehensive health care reform within the year. The letter, which was signed by over 600 legislators from 46 states, including 26 from Wisconsin, calls for any federal reform bill to include the choice of a public health insurance plan, strong affordability protections, and shared employer responsibility for health care costs.
The day's events will highlight an emerging consensus from Main Streets across the country that constituents want the choice of a public insurance plan, and it will call attention to the broadening discussion in which federal leaders are seeking input from a broad coalition at all levels of government. At the press conference, Members of Congress will discuss the importance of hearing voices from outside the Beltway in formulating a uniquely American solution to the health care crisis, and legislators who have been key leaders on state level reform will share how the lessons they have learned from pioneering reform policy at the state level support the drive for a national public plan and other progressive reform priorities.
The full text of the letter is available here: http://progressivestates.org/