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Issue Position: Health Insurance Reform

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Healthcare, specifically health insurance coverage for all, mental health care, and medical liability coverage for healthcare providers, is one of the most important domestic policies today.

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brings your health care under your control by ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduces long- term health care costs.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that the law will provide coverage to 32 million more people, or more than 94 percent of Americans, while lowering health care costs over the long term.

This historic legislation will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years, with $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction in the following 10 years.

Although people share different views about the proper course of reform, I believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a responsible approach to the challenges of the 21st Century and will repair much of what needs fixed so that our country remains strong and competitive.

The next challenge is the implementation of this law. Rest assured that I will continue to monitor the law's implementation because we must ensure that waste, fraud, and abuse are deterred and implementation is carried out smoothly.

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