time for a national solution
Health Care for America
Now Local Resolution
State of Nevada
large and small businesses, health care providers and state and local
government in Nevada are struggling to access the quality, affordable
healthcare that they need to promote healthy families and a healthy
economy in their state and nationally;
And whereas, as a result of the national health care crisis, health
insurance premiums in Nevada increased by 54.6 percent between 2000
and 2007 while median earnings increased by only 21.4 percent;
And whereas, even while the economy is failing, families are still
facing skyrocketing health care costs that have increased in Nevada
from $6,688 to $10,341 between 2000 and 2007 for an average family;
And whereas Nevada employers also face an increasing cost burden
for health insurance premiums as the employers portion of annual
premiums increased from $5,719 to $8,066 between 2000 and 2007;
And whereas over 841,000 people, including over 107,000 children
actually lack any health care coverage at all in Nevada, making
it impossible for these individuals to get access to basic preventative
care that could reduce health care costs and health care problems in
the long run;
Therefore, be it resolved that the time for a national solution
to the American health care crisis that threatens the economic and physical
health of the people of Arkansas and people across the country is now.
Also, be it resolved that Nevada recognizes the urgent need for
a national solution to the health care crisis that meets key criteria
for comprehensive health care reform set forth by President Obama and
Health Care for America Now including the following:
- Affordable coverage
and care, with premiums and out-of-pocket costs based on a familys
ability to pay and a choice of providers that meet our families needs
from preventative care to care for serious illness.
- A choice of
health insurance plans, including the right to keep your current insurance,
choose another private plan or to join a public health insurance plan.
- Equity in health
care access, treatment, research and resources to people and communities
of color and strengthening health services in low-income communities.
- A system in
which government sets and enforces rules on insurance company practices
and charges, requiring them to put our health care before their profits.
- Coverage that
is predictable and affordable for working families, retirees, small
businesses, and other employers and that controls costs while improving
quality, with measures such as: lowering administrative expenses,
investing in preventive care, actively managing disease, setting standards
for performance, reducing medical errors, and using the publics
purchasing power to lower drug and other prices.
it resolved that in 2009, local governments, families, providers,
and businesses across Nevada will work together with the newly elected
President Obama, the Nevada Congressional Delegation, and the leaders
of the New Congress to guarantee quality, affordable health care for
everyone in our state and across the country.