This evening, after a near century long debate, the House of Representatives voted 220 to 211 in favor of health reform. Congressman Rob Andrews issued the following statement after this long-sought health care legislation passed the House:
"Today's historic victory will transform our flawed health care system into something that works for Americans of all walks of life. By closing the prescription drug donut hole, this bill will finally provide some relief for senior citizens who have struggled for years to make ends meet. Someone suffering from diabetes or cancer, who couldn't find adequate coverage because of her pre-existing condition, will finally be guaranteed quality, affordable coverage. Small business owners, who couldn't provide health care to their employees because of outrageous premiums, will finally benefit from a system that reduces costs and gives the flexibility needed to extend coverage. By providing families and businesses with more choices and increased competition, the insurance industry will finally be held accountable to continue providing top-quality care while keeping premiums down. Most importantly, this bill puts a plan into place that decreases our deficit while ensuring coverage for 95% of all Americans so that millions will no longer feel powerless when in need of care."