It's been over a decade since the last serious attempt to overhaul America's health care system. Today, Senator Ron Wyden announced his own effort - called the Healthy Americans Act.
The plan would end employer-based health care, replacing it with a system of universal private insurance - guaranteeing every American a benefit plan that's as good as Members of Congress get.
He made the announcement flanked by SEIU President Andy Stern, Safeway CEO Steve Burd, and other business, labor, and health care leaders.
A dozen years after Congress rejected a Clinton administration plan for universal health care, an Oregon Democrat is readying a proposal to provide health care coverage to all Americans through a pool of private insurance plans.
"Employer-based coverage is melting away like a Popsicle on the sidewalk in August," said Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Finance subcommittee on health care. ...
Wyden said his new plan would allow workers to carry their health insurance from job to job without penalty. More efficient administration and more promotion of competition for health care plans, he said, would allow greater coverage while costing no more than the government is paying today for health insurance coverage.
Called the "Healthy Americans Act," the plan would cover all Americans except those on Medicare or those who receive health care through the military ... and would save $1.4 trillion in total national health care spending over the next decade.
Simultaneously, Wyden unveiled a new website - StandTallForAmerica.com - to organize grassroots support for the health care reform effort.