Now that most people have access to health insurance, the Democratic Party is pushing once more for paid sick leave for everyone with a job.

The Dems introduced the Healthy Families Act Thursday into Congress. The bill, which has been a consistent plank in President Obama's platform, was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Essentially it would let workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to seven days of paid sick time a year. Because all employers would have to comply, the bill's supporters believe this version of the bill will be at least reluctantly accepted, if not enthusiastically supported, by businesses.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.