Landmark Health Care Reform Passes the House
Today, members of the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Representatives Solomon Ortiz (TX-27), Lloyd Doggett (TX-25), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Charlie González (TX-20), Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), Al Green (TX-9), Gene Green (TX-29), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) and Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) released the following statement in support of H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010:
"As members of the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation, we joined together today to support this landmark health care reform legislation to deliver coverage to the most uninsured state in the nation and our communities which lead the country in the number of uninsured.
"This pivotal moment in our nation's history will deliver affordable, accessible health care coverage to all Americans, and this plan will take a stand against rising premiums in Texas which have doubled over the past decade. No longer will our families have to compromise their health because they can't afford health insurance, and no longer will insurance companies discriminate against our constituents based on pre-existing conditions, gender or illness.
"With our vote, over 1.4 million children in Texas will finally get health insurance, and together we will help deliver coverage to over 1 million individuals in our districts and 5 million other Texans across the state. For these reasons, we stand together in supporting this landmark health care reform legislation to strengthen America's health care system and sustain the quality of our nation's health care for the future."