Health care is consistently one of the
top issues raised at the listening sessions I hold in each
of Wisconsin’s 72 counties every year. Wisconsinites
know that the health care system in this country needs dramatic
improvement. Forty-seven million Americans are uninsured and
countless others are underinsured.
Employer-sponsored health care is dwindling, while insurance
premiums and the number of uninsured Americans are rising.
With these skyrocketing costs, businesses are no longer able
to keep up and in too many cases employers are left to offer
sub-par benefits or sometimes none at all.
All Americans deserve adequate health care and it is far past
time for Congress to take action on this pressing issue. I
have tried to get Congress to finally address the need for
health care reform by sponsoring the Reform
Health Care Now Act with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Our bipartisan bill would require Congress to consider reform
In a continuing effort to break the logjam that is preventing
Congress from acting on health care reform, I introduced with
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) the State
Based Health Care Reform Act, which offers an American-style
approach to health care reform.
Under our plan, the federal government would help a few states
provide health insurance for all their citizens, but leave
it up to those states to decide how they want to go about
it. Rather than directing states to implement a specific health-care
system, the bill provides a flexible approach that allows
states to try innovative ways of achieving universal coverage.
This approach would encourage the flexibility and creativity
that can finally get us to a national guarantee of high-quality,
affordable health care for all Americans.
I have also worked closely with Governor Doyle and the Wisconsin
congressional delegation in pressuring the Administration
to grant a waiver extension for
the SeniorCare program. The Administration’s denial
of the SeniorCare waiver is unacceptable, and I will continue
to ensure SeniorCare continues.
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