KCUR News
9:44 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Dole Pushes For Health Care Overhaul

Kansas City, MO – Former Republican Senator Bob Dole says Congress must move to overhaul the nation's health care system. Speaking at a local Blue Cross Blue Shield health summit , the Kansas native said health care is too important for partisan politics.

Dole: "Sometimes people just fight you to fight you. Not because of the merits of the bill but because they don't want the President to get any credit. Now you can do that, and I'm probably guilty of it. But you can't make a habit of it, and health care is one of those things. Now we've gotta do something."

Dole's comments followed the release of an area survey, sponsored by Blue Cross and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. It found that more than half of area health care providers and businesses support keeping the current health care system in place. Meanwhile, only about one third of the general public who were part of the survey agreed with that. Both groups agreed that insurers should cover everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions.