I think that access to affordable health care as a fundamental - and badly realized - right of every family in this country. While what we can do as a City to ensure and enhance this right is limited, we are making progress.
Shortly after I became mayor, the governor, the county executive, and I formed the Regional Health Commission to shore up the health care safety net in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. The Commission has worked tirelessly - with very little general notice - to make life better for the uninsured and underinsured. They are making things better for people in the City and in the St. Louis region.
I hope the Federal and state governments take notice.