Rep. Gene Green voted in support of H.R. 3590, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and H.R. 4872, The Reconciliation Act of 2010. Rep. Green released the following statement in support of the legislation:
"While no bill is perfect, my greatest concern is ensuring that the people of our district have greater access to healthcare. Your health care decisions shouldn't be made by the government or by an insurance company. Your health care decisions should be made by you. This bill expands coverage to 30 million U.S. citizens including 223,500 in our district.
This is middle-of-the-road legislation that builds on the private insurance system that we current have. This is also a market-based approach, not a government takeover or government option, that utilizes insurance exchanges to pool individuals together -- who don't have employer-based insurance and would otherwise be on their own to secure insurance -- in order to reduce exorbitant premiums. The legislation includes significant consumer protections and improves Medicare benefits for 56,000 seniors in our district.
In addition 217,000 residents in our district will receive improved employer-based coverage, 34,500 residents will no longer be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions and no one will be denied coverage because of health status or gender. The time for health reform has come and these benefits to our district are essential."