Will Kay Hagan vote for health reform this week?

The US House and Senate are expected to vote on the federal budget bills this week. Coming out of committee, each bill contains a key provision proposed by President Obama in his budget for health reform: a down payment of $634 billion to finance the major changes our health system needs to improve quality and cover everyone.

The money in the budget is absolutely critical for health reform efforts – health reform cannot move forward this year without it. We can’t control costs effectively until we cover everyone. And covering everyone, as Obama said repeatedly during his campaign, costs money.

Senator Kay Hagan faces a key vote on this bill this week. Last week, she indicated she was disturbed by the President’s budget and might well vote against it. Hagan would do well to listen to the call from April Graham, a young mother and state corrections officer who spoke at Obama’s health care forum in Greensboro on Tuesday.

Graham related how she was excited during the last election and worked for Obama, Perdue, and other candidates like Hagan because of the promise of health reform. Why? She can’t afford coverage for two of her kids right now – the dependent coverage premiums are too expensive under the state health plan. However, with health plan premiums set to go up even more, she felt like the politicians she worked for have turned their backs on her and her family’s problems.

Senator Hagan:

• Too many families like Ms. Graham’s are facing bankruptcy, losing their jobs, and unable to afford health insurance. We need to do more to protect all families as we face this economic crisis. With unemployment in NC now over 10%, the time to act is now.

• President Obama made a strong commitment to comprehensive health reform in his budget through a $634 billion down payment. The House and Senate budget resolutions build on that commitment.

• We need to take action now in order to expand coverage and control costs because our current health care system is not sustainable.

Hagan was elected on a platform that promised significant health reforms. Let’s hope she remembers that commitment in her vote on the budget.

3 Comments

  1. James

    April 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    No. She won’t. No companies stand to make money from health reform. It’s not on her radar.

  2. [...] Adam Searing noted in his post on Kay Hagan, we need the $634 billion in the President’s budget to start expanding coverage [...]

  3. HAYDEN

    March 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I AM SURE THAT APRIL GRAHAM HAS A STATE JOB AS A CORRECTION OFFICER SHE CAN AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HER CHILDREN. NC EMPLOEES HAVE GOOD BENIFITS AND INSURANCE. WHAT DOES SHE DO WITH HER MONEY ??? I AM A FEDERAL RETIRED EMPLOYEE WITH 36 YEARS OR SERVICE AS WELL AS A WORLD WAR 11 VETERAN. I HAVE TO PAY FOR MY INSURANCE BUT MY LIFE STYLE SURE ISN,T GREAT AS I TRY TO STAY WITH WHAT I CAN AFFORD. TOO MUCH FREE STUFF NOW. WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR ALL THIS ???? IF SENATOR HAGAN VOTES FFOR THE HEALTH BILL AS I SHE WILL NOT BE GETTING MY VOTE.