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Health Care Roundtable to Fill In the Blanks on Health Care Reform

May 26, 2009

Fargo, ND – Congressional committees are working on what will be historic health-care reform legislation, and over the next three months lawmakers will be getting input on the plan. At Wednesday's health-care roundtable in Fargo, partners in the "Divided We Fail" campaign will be among those providing a North Dakota perspective. The roundtable will air on public television Wednesday evening.

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad is scheduled to attend the meeting. AARP state director Janis Cheney says he will have a pivotal role in whatever legislation eventually is passed.

"Sen. Conrad does play a key role in the health-care reform debate. As chair of the Senate Budget Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he will be absolutely instrumental in developing whatever will be presented."

She says skyrocketing health-care costs are putting North Dakota families and businesses under stress, and people need to know that every idea for reining in health-care costs is on the table.

"Currently, not a piece of legislation is out there. It is still in the works. But in the next few weeks, we expect to know more specifically what is being proposed."

When it comes to health care, Cheney says, doing nothing may be the most expensive option, because without health-care security there is no economic security.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND