Sunday, August 17, 2008

Getting There

Iowa has adopted a plan for providing health care coverage to all of its children. While it will take some four years to fully implement the plan, a special commission created by the Iowa legislature is beginning to look at providing coverage for more of the state’s adults.

The commission is bipartisan and is co-chaired by two former governors; Terry Branstad, a Republican, and Tom Vilsack, a Democrat.

The August 12 issue of the Omaha World Herald reported that Governor Vilsack had characterized the problem as enormous and then said “Ultimately, we are going to have to confront the rising cost of healthcare.”

The article went on to say that the Iowa effort had the support of business groups “who are hurting the most.”

I have for some time wondered when concern about the rising cost of health care would reach the point at which there would be a willingness to do something about it.

If one can believe Governor Vilsack, we’re getting there.

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