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Senate health care bill would provide for 9 million uninsured children

Health care reform is vital to students’ success

WASHINGTON - June 10, 2009 -

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) has released the full text of its long-awaited health care reform bill. 

The following may be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“NEA applauds this plan, which will provide a health safety net for 9 million uninsured children and their families regardless of employment status and current health condition. America is ready for a health care system that works to keep us healthy. Our educators know that quality health care is a crucial ingredient for successful public schools. Without basic dental and medical care, how can our children focus on learning? How can sick parents foster a good learning environment at home?

“NEA stands firmly behind President Obama and Congress on getting this done. Americans deserve quality, affordable health care coverage either through their employer or via a public option. We must do this now in order to improve our collective health and control spiraling health care costs.

 “We thank the HELP Committee for reaching out to labor unions as well as other groups to weigh in on this crucial movement. NEA believes any bill must provide quality, comprehensive benefits to all at an affordable cost, as well as guarantee a choice of health plans. We will continue to work with Congress and the Obama administration to make sure our members’ voices are heard.”

To read more about NEA’s position on health care reform, please go to

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary andsecondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals,
school administrators,
retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.


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