Health care push in D.C.: Chavez lobbies Reyes
Earlier this week this blog noted the Border Health Conference, and previously we had posted info about the push for health care reform as the issue of health care begins to dominate D.C. El Paso state Rep. Norma Chavez was in D.C. this week as part of the Health Care for America Now push to adopt a public option and other reforms, and met with U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes.
Some comments from Chavez:
— “He (Reyes) has indicated he is supporting the presidents health care reform. We stressed the importance of a public insurance option. He said he is mostly supportive, as is the Hispanic Caucus.”
— “Of course the bills are in three different committees. We do not have final (House) bill but HCAN does oppose the Senate version which does not include a public health insurance option but moves more toward co-ops, which we oppose.”
From Jesse Romero, Texas state director of HCAN:
— “All those issues have always been very important and what we’re working on right now and what President Obama has been proposing will probably dominate the summer.”
— “The Senate unveiled a bill and it’s out there. The work has started in earnest in the House. We’re encouraged the House version does contain the public option. It’s too early to count votes, since it’s going through three committees. … We’re further along in the process, if you remember, than in the ’90s.”