Key California Congressional leaders are getting more vocal about federal health reform.
Rep. George Miller was featured in the Contra Costa Times, and he describes where he comes from, and what his hopes are for this year:
“We don’t have the votes for single-payer, which I support,” said Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, one of the three committees with jurisdiction over health care legislation. “But if we can’t do single-payer, then I believe President Obama has struck the best balance between maintaining the private system with enough government involvement to keep the insurance companies honest and provide access to affordable health care for everyone…”
“I think it’s going to happen,” Miller said of the restructuring legislation. “People recognize the shortcomings of the system they now have. The economy has shown the vulnerability of families at all levels when people lose their jobs and their health care. It’s very hard to see how you fix the American economy if you don’t fix health care.”
Rep. Pete Stark, chair of the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, was in the San Francisco Chronicle, predicting that health reform would pass this year, and the need to move quickly: “It’s like fish without a refrigerator.”
Rep. Mike Thompson was also in the Davis Enterprise, supporting the public health insurance plan, and the need for health reform in general.
And finally, as reported in the Huffington Post, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said to reportthat the House version will certainly have a public health insurance option. Otherwise, she said, “It wouldn’t have the votes.”
The California Congressional delegation is going to have a big say in what reform looks like, so tracking what they say matters.