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NEA urges Congress to finish health care reform now

Health reform summit highlights reasons nation can’t afford to wait or start over

WASHINGTON - February 25, 2010 -

Congressional leaders from both political parties today participated in a summit convened by President Barack Obama to try to get health insurance reform back on track. The National Education Association praised President Obama for his leadership in organizing the summit and called on Congress not to ignore the urgent needs of millions of uninsured people.   The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“We applaud the President for his leadership in convening today’s summit and his courage in not backing away from the critical issue of health insurance reform. Despite their differences, summit participants agreed that the American people are struggling with health care and the nation’s economy will continue to suffer in the absence of meaningful health insurance reform. Discussions during today’s summit focused on cost control, deficit reduction, insurance reform and expanded coverage – all essential elements of meaningful reform. Recognizing the differences and the risks, we still believe that the urgent needs of millions of uninsured must take precedence over partisan politics. A majority of working people understand the need for health insurance reform and support it. We now need our leaders to be smart and compassionate and to have the courage to do what’s right for America—pass health insurance reform that ensures quality, affordable health coverage to everyone.”

Click here to see the video message NEA President Van Roekel sent to the summit attendees.

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

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