Supporting a Public Option in Healthcare Reform

Passed 7/9/2009

WHEREAS President Obama’s call for Congress to pass a healthcare reform package represents the best chance of improving our healthcare system in a generation, and

WHEREAS the goal of healthcare reform should be expanding health coverage to every American, ensuring the long-term fiscal solvency of Medicare and Medicaid, preventing rising healthcare costs from crippling our government and economy, and improving healthcare outcomes across the board, and

WHEREAS short of the best solution — creating a single-payer plan — no healthcare reform can be successful in these goals without the creation of a true public insurance option, open to all Americans, that competes with private insurance and utilizes low administrative costs, rate bargaining with providers and pharmaceutical companies, and technological cost-savings measures to improve efficiency,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley urges Congress to pass a healthcare reform plan that provides healthcare to every American including a public insurance option that is managed by the federal government, allowed to use its bargaining leverage to bring down prices for medical care and pharmaceutical products, and not postponed via triggers or other mean, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley shall forward this resolution to our California Senators, San Fernando Valley Congressional delegation and the LA County Democratic Party.