Senate Democrats

Governors, In Letter, Express Support For Congressional Efforts To Reform Broken Health Insurance System

Washington, D.C. – Twenty-two U.S. Governors penned a letter to the leadership of the Senate and the House yesterday to voice support for ongoing efforts to reform health insurance.  The letter, in part, stated, “…the status quo is no longer an option.”  The Governors also cited how recent investments at the federal level that support state initiatives are beginning to work to lower health care costs. 

The Democrat-led Congress is on track to deliver reform to our health insurance system this year that will lower costs, preserve choice and improve quality of care:
 
“Sky-rocketing health care costs hurt families, force businesses to cut or drop health benefits and cause already stained state budget deficits to significantly grow.  We believe reform can relieve these burdens by reining in costs and making coverage more affordable, both for our citizens and our state budgets.”

“Many of the provisions will allow states and territories to achieve long term savings and help cover those who currently go without health coverage.  We recognize that health reform is a shared responsibility and everyone, including state governments, needs to partner to reform our broken health care system.”

October 1, 2009

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                                     The Honorable Harry Reid

Speaker                                                                     Majority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives                                  United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20515                                           Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable John Boehner                                    The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Minority Leader                                                         Minority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives                                  Unites States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20515                                           Washington, D.C. 20515

                                  

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Boehner:

We are writing to express our support for your efforts to reform our nation’s health care system. As the chief executives of our states and territories, we realize that the status quo is no longer an option and we support getting health reform done this year.

Sky-rocketing health care costs hurt families, force businesses to cut or drop health benefits and cause already strained state budget deficits to significantly grow. We believe reform can relieve these burdens by reining in costs and making coverage more affordable, both for our citizens and our state budgets.

Efforts at the federal level, like the recent and critical investments through the Recovery Act that support states’ HIT and prevention initiatives, are beginning to work to lower health care costs. Our citizens and our states, however, will only achieve the health care security and stability they need if we succeed in working together with the Congress and the President to achieve health care reform.

We commend you and your colleagues for provisions included in your bills that will help states and territories. Many of the provisions will allow states and territories to achieve long term savings and help cover those who currently go without coverage. We recognize that health reform is a shared responsibility and everyone, including state governments, needs to partner to reform our broken health care system.

We thank you for your leadership in this historic effort and look forward to continuing to work together to get health reform passed this year.

                                                                      Sincerely,

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm                       Governor John Baldacci

Michigan                                                         Maine

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski                  Governor Pat Quinn

Oregon                                                            Illinois

Governor John P. deJongh                               Governor Mark Parkinson

Virgin Islands                                                   Kansas

Governor Timothy M. Kaine                            Governor Martin O’Malley

Virginia                                                            Maryland

Governor Christine O. Gregoire                      Governor Steven L. Beshear

Washington                                                     Kentucky

Governor Jim Doyle                                        Governor David A. Paterson

Wisconsin                                                       New York

Governor Chester J. Culver                             Governor Bill Ritter

Iowa                                                              Colorado

Governor Jack Markell                                   Governor Joe Manchin III

Delaware                                                        West Virginia

Governor Bill Richardson                                Governor Jon S. Corzine

New Mexico                                                  New Jersey

Governor Deval Patrick                                  Governor Ted Strickland

Massachusetts                                                Ohio

Governor Edward G. Rendell                          Governor Brian Schweitzer

Pennsylvania                                                    Montana

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