The Boise City Council will consider a position statement on health care reform tonight at its 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The resolution is being urged in towns across the nation by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.
City Council candidate Lucas Baumbach takes exception with the resolution and urges his supporters to "Give the Obama-supporter mayor" a piece of their mind.
"This is not a city function. The city council is a runaway train! Kick the bums out!" Baumbach wrote.
For more on Baumbach and the rest of the Council candidates (there are 10, by the way), read BW tomorrow.
The mayor's resolution calls for insurance market reforms to help keep costs down, specifically for public employers like the city. But it also calls for expansion of public sector health care programs and a new public health plan option.
Read the whole thing below.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOISE, IDAHO,
SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE, ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE AND UNIVERSAL
HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, nearly 46 million Americans lack health insurance and are less likely than
their insured counterparts to receive recommended preventive and screening services or
medicines and treatments that meet the professional standard, and are more likely to die
WHEREAS, nearly 9 million children lack health insurance coverage and therefore have
fewer well-child visits, worse access to specialists, fewer immunizations and more visits to the
emergency room than children with health coverage; and
WHEREAS, this epidemic of underinsurance not only has catastrophic effects on the
health of millions of Americans but also leaves millions more at risk of financial ruin if they
experience a major illness; and
WHEREAS, health care costs, and employment-based health insurance premiums in
particular, have increased at rates much higher than inflation or wage growth for the last decade,
and these costs are unsustainable for families, companies, governmental entities, and the nation,
and negatively impact our overall economic vitality and global competitiveness; and
WHEREAS, America’s cities and towns collectively constitute the nation’s fourth-
largest employer and as such are providing health care coverage to millions of their employees,
retirees and their families, at a cost that has risen nearly 120 percent over the past 10 years, more
than triple the rate of inflation; and
WHEREAS, the City of Boise’s geographic remoteness and our high rate of employer
turnover make us especially vulnerable to the inadequacies of the current health care system,
which can dampen the entrepreneurial activity that is so vital to our community’s economic well-
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF
THE CITY OF BOISE CITY, IDAHO:
Section 1. That the City of Boise urges the federal government to address the current
health care crisis through a series of legislative reforms designed to reduce long-term growth of
health care costs for businesses and government; protect families from bankruptcy or debt
because of health care costs; guarantee choice of doctors and health plans; invest in prevention
and wellness; improve patient safety and quality of care; assure affordable, quality health
coverage for all Americans; maintain coverage when someone changes or loses a job; and end
barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Section 2. That the City of Boise urges Congress and the Administration to address
issues related to the currently unsustainable cost of health care by adopting marketplace reforms,
creating and implementing information technology structures, establishing quality standards, and
ensuring better alignment of needs and resources to help reduce the growth in health care costs.
Section 3. That the City of Boise urges Congress and the Administration to achieve the
goal of health care for all Americans by expanding existing public sector health care programs,
such as Medicare, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Medicaid, including a public
health plan option, maintaining cost-effective and efficient private-sector health insurance
options, and addressing access and disparity issues in health care experienced by many