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Twenty-two of the 28 Democratic governors have signed on to a letter to members of Congress asking them to pass health care reform this year.

Our own Governor Beverly Perdue is among the six who did not sign. Talking Points Memo has the details, including comments from Perdue’s spokesperson, Chrissy Pearson.

TPM said Pearson wouldn’t comment specifically on the letter, but did offer this about Perdue’s position.

She understands reform is necessary and is very carefully watching what is going on at the federal level. She wants to make sure reforms don’t place an undue financial burden on the states.

It would be nice if she also expressed her concern about the undue burden the current health care system is placing on the 1.5 million people in North Carolina who are uninsured.

9 Comments

  1. Bill

    October 6, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Good Morning. The details link seems to be broken.

  2. Jeff

    October 6, 2009 at 8:54 am

    There are many things our governor could do to alieviate a host of health care issues concerning NC citizens. One of them is not to look towards Washington for answers. She should be working on the “Certificate fo Need” program, by pushing to get it removed from NC law. She should work with the General Assembly to open NC’s borders to insurance companies and allow individuals to choose the coverage they desire and the deductable they are willing to pay. The free market is the best way to see that our citizens are offered health care at fair value prices.
    Governor Perdue’s hesitation, for whatever reason is not a bad thing so long as she acts, not in the best interest of her party but in the best interest of her state.

  3. AdamL

    October 6, 2009 at 9:35 am

    None of those ideas would do anything to expand health care coverage to more people in our state.

  4. Chris Fitzsimon

    October 6, 2009 at 9:38 am

    The link is now active. Sorry for the inconvience.

  5. Lou Meyers

    October 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Worrying about the burden placed upon states by the federal government is understandable. But considering we are in the midst of a healthcare meltdown, any prudent governor — who has this concern and is not willing to support federal reform — has no other option than to proceed with their own solution in protecting their citizens from insurance industry abuse.

    State single payer should be considered. At the very least, a strong state public option should be on the drawing board while these “concerned” governors ponder whether or not to support the federal initiative.

  6. IBXer

    October 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Jeff is absolutely correct. I did not vote for Bev, but I must say this is the first time I have been proud of the actions of a sitting governor in this state in many years.

  7. Adam Linker

    October 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I’m surprised to hear that you didn’t vote for Perdue.

  8. Louie

    October 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    yes Lou, state single payer should be strongly considered. Dennis Kucinich’s legislation would allow for that. It’s too bad that elected NC Dems are so scared of being called a liberal that they are failing the people.

  9. IBXer

    October 7, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I think states would have a hard time selling this. State politicians depend hugely on state employees for votes. Many people in NC choose to be state employees because, despite the low pay, they have good benefits. If you remove the benefits from the condition of employment, then all the state employees in NC would basically just be stuck with low paying jobs.