Kildee Statement On President Obama's Address
Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's address on health care before a joint session of Congress:
Choices regarding health care are some of the most personal decisions we make. That is why it is critical that we pass health care reform for our country, and that we do so in a responsible and conscientious manner. While we may disagree on the best way to proceed with reform, most of us recognize the urgency of the situation. Families across the country are seeing their premiums skyrocket, more and more people are going without, and others cannot get coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Health costs are expected to reach $2.5 trillion this year, accounting for 17.6% of our country's GDP. Our broken health insurance system is taking an enormous economic toll on our country and hurting millions of our citizens in the process. We cannot afford to wait any longer to fix this system.
This evening the President laid out his plan to bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance, provide affordable coverage for the uninsured and prevent Americans from being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. This will help the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans across the country -- 71,000 of whom live in Michigan's 5th district -- access health care. It will also make coverage more affordable for millions of hard working American families and improve the health of our nation as a whole. I look forward to continuing to work with the President and my Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to finally reform health care in our nation.