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Statement Of Represenative Joe Courtney On House Passage of H.R. 3962, The Affordable Health Care For America Act


Location: Washington, DC

"This evening, the House of Representatives took an historic step in the right direction for our nation's health care system by passing H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. After nearly a year, and after many hearings, town hall meetings, discussions with constituents, and conversations with health care professionals, I believe that the legislation passed is one that will improve access and quality of health care to all Americans."

"After carefully reading the bill and its revisions, I believe H.R. 3962 reflects many of the ideas and suggestions I heard during the past ten months from my constituents. It is because of those changes that important and credible advocates for health care such as the AARP and the American Medical Association announced their new endorsements, and why I supported the reform."

"As someone concerned about the financial state of our country, I am pleased that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that H.R. 3692, as passed by the House today, will decrease the federal deficit over a ten year period. Again, this is important because these critical reforms will save our country and taxpayers money over time."

The Affordable Health Care for America Act reflects the priorities for which Congressman Courtney has fought for twenty years as a State Legislator and as a Congressman:

* Ending the discriminatory practice of pre-existing conditions exclusions;
* Immediately narrowing and eventually eliminating the infamous Medicare Part D 'donut hole';
* Creating an insurance exchange with a public option so that individuals and small businesses can buy affordable quality insurance;
* Protecting Tricare and VA benefits earned by our military personnel and veterans;
* House legislation does not include Senate Finance Committee's ill-advised excise tax on benefits, which I fought to ensure.

At each step of the process, Congressman Courtney has continued to provide as much information as possible for Second Congressional District residents. Congressman Courtney posted H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, as soon as it was unveiled at http://courtney.house.gov/choice.

Furthermore, while in Washington and unable to return home to Connecticut because of the debate on the reform, Congressman Courtney offered a series of YouTube videos to respond to constituents' most Frequently Asked Questions on the health care reform. Visit http://youtube.com/repcourtney to watch those videos.

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