Polk County Democratic Party Resolution

Polk County Democratic Party Resolution

Polk County Democratic Party Resolution

WHEREAS, the health care system of the United States is in crisis, with almost fifty million Americans lacking any health insurance, tens of millions more lacking adequate coverage, and millions more who do have private coverage paying increasingly unaffordable premiums, resulting in inadequate access to care and premature death, illness, or financial ruin for millions of Americans; and
WHEREAS, public polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans want health care reform to offer the choice of a robust public option similar to Medicare in order to, in the words of President Obama, “keep the insurance companies honest,” while co-ops or so-called “triggers” are inadequate in and of themselves to address the health care crisis by creating significant competition for the medical insurance industry; and
WHEREAS, Republicans – the minority party, and their allies in the health insurance industry have organized and funded groups of extremists to disrupt efforts on the part of the Democratic majority and administration to reasonably discuss the issue with the American people, and have demonstrated an utter unwillingness to compromise in any way to pass meaningful health care reform; and
WHEREAS, President Obama has stated that healthcare reform will happen in his administration. "Ours is not the first generation to understand the dire need for health reform. And I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last." - President Barack Obama (9/9/09 - address to Congress)
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee (PCDEC) urges all members of Congress to vote for only such healthcare reform proposals as contain a robust public option at all stages of the legislative process including conference and reconciliation, and encourages all legislators to use any available parliamentary means to pass such reform;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Polk County DEC shall send a copy of this resolution to all members of Congress who represent any of our members.

This resolution was passed by a unanimous vote of the members of the Polk County DEC on September 14, 2009.

Karen Welzel, Chairperson

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