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Gregoire presses Congress to act on health care

















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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire and other state leaders are pushing Congress to move ahead with a health care reform plan, despite the recent election of a Republican senator from Massachusetts.
     
Gregoire says the current federal subsidy system for health care is unfair to Washington state, because the system doesn't do enough to reward efficiency.
     
The Democratic governor also wants the feds to help pay for the state's Basic Health Plan, and health coverage under the General Assistance welfare program.
     
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says the annual cost of unpaid medical care in Washington could surpass $1 billion next year. He also says the number of Washingtonians without health insurance is heading toward 1 million.

Obama to Dems: Don't jam through health care bill

(January 20, 2010)

President Barack Obama is telling Democrats not to "jam" a health care overhaul bill through Congress, instead urging them to coalesce around popular parts of the bill.
     
In an interview with ABC News, Obama said Wednesday that Congress must wait for newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to be sworn into office before lawmakers move forward.
     
Brown won his election Tuesday to fill the seat long occupied by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Brown will end the super-majority that would have allowed Democrats to pass Obama's top domestic priority over united opposition from Republicans.
     
Brown campaigned against the proposed health care overhaul.

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