Jon Erpenbach

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, in his third term in the Wisconsin State Senate, is chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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States Lead the Way on Health Care Reform

With little federal movement toward fixing health care, it's time to look to forward-thinking state initiatives like Healthy Wisconsin.

Nearly everyone wants something done about our broken health care system -- from the boardrooms of the largest employers, to the busy desks of small business owners, to the dinner tables of working families. The presidential campaigns talk about it, while local governments suffer without it. As Americans turn out in droves to watch Michael Moore's plea for reform in the documentary Sicko , the last decade of government inaction on this issue is getting some scathing reviews. Insurance companies inflict double-digit premium hikes while reducing the time we get with our doctors. We are less confident care will be there when we most need it, so it comes as little surprise that the majority of personal bankruptcies are due to medical bills. But the federal government has done nothing to ease the crisis. This leadership vacuum has left state governments to assume the mantle of leadership on health care reform. Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine have enacted laudable comprehensive reforms...