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Merkley: Bill Headed to Obama Makes Historic Improvements in American Health Care

“I thank those in the House – especially Representatives Blumenauer, DeFazio, Schrader, and Wu – who stood with American families and small businesses last night to pass and improve health care reform” -Senator Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley
Jeff Merkley

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Last night, the House passed historic health care reform legislation that will extend health care coverage to millions of Americans, end insurance industry abuses, help contain costs for millions of families and small businesses, and cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the national debt. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement on the House action:

“This bill is a long stride forward in the battle for affordable, accessible health care.

“The bill does three critical things: it ends insurance practices that victimize our families; it creates state insurance policy markets that increase choice and competition; and it invests in our health care workforce to counter the rapid retirement of baby boom practitioners.

“Now that this bill is becoming law, we have one more task. This week, the Senate will take up a separate House bill that makes several improvements. It will make health reform better for seniors by closing the Medicare donut hole. It will make health reform better for working families who have high health care expenses by lowering their taxes. And it will improve health care reform by eliminating the special deals for certain states.

“I thank those in the House – especially Representatives Blumenauer, DeFazio, Schrader, and Wu – who stood with American families and small businesses last night to pass and improve health care reform. It is now up to the Senate to send these improvements to President Obama’s desk and I look forward to standing with my colleagues to make that happen.”




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jimmy March 23, 2010 9:20 am (Pacific time)

I have just one word kids: Unconstitutional... how can .gov require me to buy something from the private sector and penalize me if I dont? This is clearly a case of the federal government exceeding it's power. I for one am glad that several states (including mine, WA) are challenging this cash cow for the corporate lobbyists!


Anonymous March 23, 2010 8:59 am (Pacific time)

36 states intend to sue the federal government over the health care bill.. more to follow. Interesting, passing legislation with bribes and threats, and 36 states going to sue. How is that "demoracy" working out there for ya? hey Dennis K., wanna take a ride with me in air force 1? (sic)

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