United HELP Committee Democrats Support Health Care Reform
Affirm support for a public option run by the government for the public good, not private profit
Democrats on the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today reaffirmed their commitment to pass health reform legislation that reduces health costs, protects choice of doctors and plans, and assures quality and affordable health care for Americans. The senators' statements follow the release of a new estimate on the cost of the Affordable Health Choices Act by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. CBO's new score of the bill is $611 billion over 10 years - a significant reduction from earlier, incomplete estimates. The new estimate includes a provision on employer responsibility and a strong, national public option, the Community Health Insurance Option.
Statements from all thirteen Democratic and Independent Members on the HELP Committee are below:
"Seeing that every American has quality, affordable health care is one of the great challenges of our time - and we are closer now to meeting that challenge than at any time in history," said Senator Kennedy. "Congress, the President, businesses, doctors, and working families across the nation are united behind one common goal - making the promise of quality, affordable health care a reality for all Americans."
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