U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today made the following statement in response to the President's annual budget.
"I'm pleased the President's budget takes a balanced approach by working to get our fiscal house in order in a way that still provides room for our economy to continue improving. This is a good step and the start of a larger conversation the President is going to need to have with Congress and the American people about how to put our country on a long-term sustainable path.
"Smart investments in areas like education, infrastructure, manufacturing and worker training are important for economic growth. But we have to stay focused on rising health care costs, the major cost driver in all budgets -- federal, state and local as well as for most family and business budgets. That's why I've been working so hard to change the way we pay for health care to one that's based on the value of care given and no longer the volume of care, giving us a better bang for our health care buck."