Raising Women’s Voices

Congressional Call for Healthcare Policy Reform

Posted in DC Reform by raisingwomensvoices on April 30, 2009

On April 18th, the Black Caucus (CBC), Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Progressive Caucus (CPC)–whose members make up over 25% of House membership and over 50% of total votes needed to approve legislation–sent joint letters to President Obama and the Democratic Leadership. The caucuses stressed that “support for enacting legislation this year to guarantee affordable health care for all firmly hinges on the inclusion of a robust public health insurance plan like Medicare”.

Together, 117 members of the House and Senate belong to at least one of these four caucuses, creating new developments in the healthcare policy debate.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, notes that the United States is the only industrialized nation without universal healthcare. And with 46 million uninsured.

And Congressman Raul M. Grijalva, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, highlights the importance of both this action and unity. Specifically, these caucuses represent the most underrepresented communities, where healthcare is a privilege, rather than a right.

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