States Need U.S. Senate Help on Health Care Overhaul

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The State Net Capitol Journal reports that, in its current form, the health care overhaul bill working its way through Congress places a huge fiscal burden on the states at a time they can least afford it.

A major health care reform bill is making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. But the State Net Capitol Journal's Lou Cannon reports that, in its current form, the overhaul will add significant fiscal burdens on states at a time their coffers are empty.

Cannon, a historian and former senior White House correspondent for The Washington Post who has covered every president since Richard Nixon, says the bill endorsed in a House committee last week will force states to "provide added health benefits for the poor beyond the federal guidelines" and require them to maintain that coverage "in perpetuity no matter what the condition of the economy."

While President Barack Obama is urging House members to quickly endorse the plan, Cannon says many state government officials believe the bill's requirements will be fiscally disastrous for them. "With the recession continuing and unemployment likely to rise even after it ends, states have gone as far as they can go," Cannon reports.

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References: Cannon, Lou. (2009, July 17). "States need Senate help on health care overhaul" State Net Capitol Journal.


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