Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement this afternoon following the Senate Democratic Caucus meeting with President Obama to discuss health insurance reform:
“We had a productive meeting this afternoon and greatly appreciate the President’s time and graciousness. Both the President and the Senate have said from the start that we are committed to getting health insurance reform done this year and we will.
“We share the same goals as the President in achieving reform in a bipartisan manner and we hope our Republican colleagues want to work together. This debate over health insurance reform is too important to be overtaken by those who want to mislead, misrepresent the truth and spread misinformation all for the sake of standing in the way of reform.
“We are closer to real health insurance reform than ever before and while it’s easy to focus on the areas where we still need to find agreement, it’s important to be mindful of the common ground already shared by all parties involved.
“Democrats stand united with hospitals, doctors, nurse and businesses – we all recognize the gravity of this moment and the significance of this effort. We remain committed to achieving reform.”