Rosemarie Greco's departure from the Office of Health Care Reform serves as a reminder of how Gov. Rendell's attempts to make minor improvements in Pennsylvania's health-care system have not produced significant results. But in 2009, a much stronger and bolder solution will be in play.
The Family and Business Healthcare Security Act would cost only 10 percent of payroll to businesses and 3 percent to employees, while covering every citizen in the state regardless of employment. It creates a single-payer system with private providers that emphasizes the relationship between doctors and people, rather than the idea of "claims," subject to insurance-company denials.
Rendell now has an opportunity before leaving office to make affordable, comprehensive, universal health care his legacy.