NLC endorses progress on health care reform
The Washington-based National League of Cities (NLC) has commended President Barack Obama, the House of Representatives, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee for making progress on healthcare reform. NLC passed a resolution in early July calling for comprehensive health care reform that reduces the rate of growth in health care costs and improves access to health care for all Americans, including wellness and preventive services and a public health plan option.
NLC President and Northglenn, Colo., Mayor Kathleen Novak issued a statement on July 31 urging Congress and the president to continue working on the bill. “The rising costs of health care are unsustainable for the country’s hard-working families, as well as for our cities and towns, which spend more than $87 billion each year or nearly 17 percent of their budgets for health care benefits for their employees, retirees and their families,” Novak said. “As municipal leaders, we see every day the impact the lack of affordable health care has on the millions of underinsured and uninsured who live in our communities, which is why Congress and the Administration must complete what they set out to achieve — reform of the nation’s health care system.”
View NLC's resolution.