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Lawmakers Discuss Universal Health Insurance Proposals

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Universal Health Insurance

Two lawmakers recently promoted plans to establish universal health care for U.S. residents. Summaries appear below.

  • Sen.Bob Bennett (R-Utah): Bennett spoke about the need to put the "health"back into "health care" during a meeting with members of the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association, the Deseret Morning News reports (Collins, Deseret Morning News, 9/2). Bennett was promoting a bill (S 334)sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would guarantee healthinsurance to all U.S. residents. It would allow private health insurersto provide coverage to individuals directly, rather than throughemployers (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 8/14). In his remarks, Bennett said, "Congress has refused to address health care in an intelligent way in over a decade" (Deseret Morning News, 9/2).
  • Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.): Davis on Monday at a Central Alabama Labor Federation AFL-CIOrally said that the money being spent on the war in Iraq could be usedto provide universal health care for U.S. residents, the Birmingham Newsreports. He said, "If we could re-orient the priorities of thiscountry, get out of Iraq and put the resources to providing health careto our people and better schools for our children, we'd be on our way... to being the more perfect union we need to be." Davis said he issupporting Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) bid for president partlybecause of his support for universal health care. Davis added that hebelieves all of the Democratic presidential candidates are open to theidea of universal coverage (Singleton, Birmingham News, 9/4).

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