Meeting in mid August in Orlando, Florida, state legislators launched a major initiative to promote universal health care for Americans in all fifty states.
“People need affordable health care now, so we have formed the State Alliance For Universal Health Care to facilitate health care reform and influence federal policy,” said Rep. Paul Ogren, Minnesota, President of the Alliance.
“Millions of Americans are unable to obtain affordable health care for themselves and their families. It’s time for the federal government to stop being a roadblock and assist states in bringing about a solution to this health care crisis,” said Rep. Robert Hagan, Ohio, Vice-President.
Hawaii is a good example of how a state can provide universal health care coverage and contain health care costs when the federal government waives their restrictive requirements, according to Rep. James Shon, who also serves on the Board of the Alliance. “Because of a federal waiver granted to Hawaii in 1974, Ninety-eight percent of all Hawaiians enjoy affordable health care coverage today,” said Shon.
The Board of the Alliance includes legislators from thirteen states. “The Alliance will grow to over one thousand legislators, representatives of the health care industry, business and labor in the next six months,” said Hagan.
“The Alliance will push for introduction of universal health care legislation in all fifty states by 1993,” added Rep. Ogren.