After a thorough review of the health care reform legislation, Representative Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) announced her support of this historic bill.
"I remained undecided until I could thoroughly review the bill and ensure it's in the best interest of my constituents.
"I've found it to be a strong first step towards providing health care for all Americans. Small businesses will receive tax credits to help them maintain quality insurance for their employees. Affordability measures and tax credits for the middle class are implemented to expand access to the uninsured. The unfair practice of denying folks coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions is also ended. Medicaid is expanded to cover additional youth in need--America's foster youth who have aged out care.
"I'm proud that the proposed changes improve Medicare for our seniors. Immediately after this bill becomes law seniors who enter the donut hole in 2010 will receive a $250 rebate. The bill also completely closes the Medicare Part D donut hole.
"These reforms are completely paid for and will not increase the deficit. This bill actually reduces the federal deficit by $138 billion in the first ten years and cuts the deficit by $1.2 trillion in second ten years.
"My constituents have spoken. Ohioans, and all Americans, deserve affordable, accessible quality health care that is responsive to their needs. Now is the time to stand for change. Now is the moment to fight for quality care."