Mecklenburg County commissioners late Tuesday approved a resolution calling on federal lawmakers to pass comprehensive health care reform.
The resolution -- which you can read here -- cites several statistics, including one that showed about 90 percent of patients to the Mecklenburg County Health Department in 2008-09 reported having no health insurance. It also states the county gave $18.6 million for indigent care to local hospital systems in the last budget.
Chair Jennifer Roberts said the National Association of Counties has asked leaders across the country to pass resolutions calling on the health care reform.
The resolution was approved by a vote of 5 to 2. Voting in favor were Roberts, Dan Murrey, George Dunlap, Dumont Clarke and Vilma Leake. Voting against were Karen Bentley and Neil Cooksey.
Bentley said she is acutely aware of the need for reform, but said there may be some unintended consequences if it doesn't happen effectively. She urged leaders not to rush into making a decision.
You can watch the commissioners meeting here. Click on the link for the Sept. 1 meeting, and on the scroll down menu choose item 33.
- April Bethea