Hare's Committee to Begin Consideration of Health Care Reform Bill Today
Congressman Phil Hare will participate in the House Education and Labor Committee's markup of the health care reform bill beginning today.
"There is no more pressing issue than making health care affordable and accessible," Hare said. "At long last, we are taking meaningful steps toward reform. This is good news for working families who have been stretched to the limit, small businesses that are struggling to compete, and our economy as a whole."
Hare held eight listening sessions with his constituents to get their input on health care reform. He has said any bill must meet the following goals: have a strong public option that allows portability of coverage when people lose or change jobs, contain costs by reducing paperwork, improve quality, preserve a patients right to choose the plan and the doctor that they wish, and reduce the number of uninsured by making quality and affordable health care available to all.
During the markup, Hare will offer an amendment to create Small Employer Benefit Arrangements (SEBA) to facilitate the participation of small businesses and the self-employed (such as farmers) in the newly created Health Insurance Exchange.