The Screen Actors Guild has endorsed the federal health care reform package that’s currently before Congress.
SAG president Alan Rosenberg made the announcement on behalf of the guild Friday after the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Ways and Means Committee approved the Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 to remake the nation’s health care system.
“As we all know, the current path of American health care is unsustainable,” Rosenberg said. “Health care costs are out of control for even those with insurance, and most workers without coverage can’t afford the skyrocketing rates for even the barest minimal coverage.”
Rosenberg noted that the package seeks to cover 97% of all Americans; include penalties for employers who do not offer health care coverage to workers; provide subsidies for those who fall below the poverty line; and create a public insurance plan (in addition to what is currently offered by private insurers).
“All Americans have a right to health care, and we vigorously support current federal health care reform efforts,” Rosenberg added.
SAG noted that its endorsement is part of an effort by the AFL-CIO and AFL-CIO president John Sweeney.