Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall issued the following statement after President Obama's Health Care Summit:
"The President and select Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle had a constructive discussion today on health insurance reform. President Obama worked to get the conversation beyond unproductive political slogans about government takeovers and socialized medicine. He reinforced the essence of what must be done, namely, bringing down the escalating cost of health insurance. It was also a great opportunity for both sides to bridge the partisan divide on many of the issues surrounding health care.
"As expected, there were some points of disagreement on the best way forward to reform our system. But, when you cut out the political posturing - which is unfortunately, hard to do in Washington - I think it was clear today that members of both parties agree on far more than they disagree.
"We all know we need to protect consumers from abusive insurance practices, focus on keeping people healthy, create incentives for better quality care, and provide support for small businesses to allow them to offer affordable coverage to employees.
"The bottom line is that the status quo is a one-way ticket to out-of-control costs, increased deficits, and millions of Americans losing health coverage. I hope that some of the good ideas put forth during this summit can be added to the proposals currently on the table in order to strengthen our efforts to improve our country's health insurance system.
"And at the end of the day a better health insurance system means a more competitive and prosperous American workforce in the global marketplace."