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Sun-Times Media - Foster On Board With Health Care Bill

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Rep. Bill Foster, D-Geneva, announced Sunday he will vote in favor of the Health Insurance Reform bill saying through a press release that he dedcided to support the reform "becasue it eliminates pre-existing conditions, protects and strengthens Medicare and will significantly reduce the deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years."

"While the Senate bill itself is not perfect, many important improvements have been made so that the overall package is one that I can support. This bill will give my constituents freedom from the fear of becoming uninsurable, and freedom to pursue better job opportunities or start a small business without the fear of losing their insurance," Foster said through the Sunday press release.

Foster said he wanted to make sure constituents understand that he has heard their calls, read their e-mails and letters, seen their faxes and have "weighed the concerns of those opposed and thos in favor."

"In the last 72 hours, I also consulted with experts like Illinois Insurance Commissioner Michael McRaith, who confirmed the positive impact that this legislation will have on Illinois businesses and consumers," Foster said in the release. "I ran for Congress to find workable solutions to the problems facing the families of the 14th District, and by controlling costs and eliminating pre-existing conditions as a barrier to health care, I have kept that promise."

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