Earlier this month county officials were provided with a forum to voice concern over policy issues and speak directly with officials of the Obama Administration at the 2010 NACo Legislative Conference. The underlying themes throughout the five-day conference centered around health care reform, economic recovery, and the approach the Obama Administration plans to take regarding these issues. U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stressed the need for a strong partnership between Washington D.C. and county governments in guiding the creation of health care reform. County governments have an unparalled understanding of constituent needs that would be of benefit to formulating new federal policies. Secretary Sebelius stated,
“Rather than figuring out strategies in Washington, we want your input. You’re the laboratories and we can help take the solutions to scale.”
In addition to health care policy reform discussion, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke on the impact of the economy on rural counties and the resiliency these counties display in tough economic times. He commented,
“People talk about the recession, but the rural communities have been dealing with conditions like this for years.”
For more information on the 2010 NACo Legislative Conference click HERE .