WASHINGTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of America's cities and towns, National League of Cities President Kathleen Novak, mayor, Northglenn, Colo., commends President Barack Obama, the House of Representatives, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee for making progress on efforts to enact legislation that would transform the country's health care system.
"The rising costs of health care are unsustainable for the country's hard-working families, as well as for our cities and towns, which spend more than $87 billion each year or nearly 17 percent of their budgets for health care benefits for their employees, retirees and their families," said Novak.
Earlier this month, NLC's Board of Directors approved a resolution calling for comprehensive health care reform that reduces the rate of growth in health care costs and improves access to health care for all Americans, including wellness and preventive services and a public health plan option.
"As municipal leaders, we see every day the impact the lack of affordable health care has on the millions of underinsured and uninsured who live in our communities, which is why Congress and the Administration must complete what they set out to achieve -- reform of the nation's health care system," said Novak.
The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
|SOURCE National League of Cities|
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