Democratic govs urge action on healthcare

Sept. 23, 2009 at 1:03 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The Democratic Governors' Association urged Congress Tuesday to move quickly on healthcare, saying reform is vital when states are struggling financially.

"Health insurance reform has never been closer, and it couldn't come at a more critical time for states as we work to balance our budgets and families are forced to pay higher and higher costs for health insurance and uncompensated care," said Martin O'Malley of Maryland, vice chairman of the DGA. "If we are truly going to reduce costs for small business and families and expand access to affordable, quality health care, we must hold insurance companies accountable."

Jennifer Granholm of Michigan said she is confident that Congress and President Barack Obama can work out an acceptable plan.

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