Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress:
“I applaud President Obama for laying out a clear and concise vision of what health insurance reform will mean for America: stability and security for those who have insurance today and affordable coverage for those who don’t.
“The President’s outline will be helpful as the Senate spends the next several weeks crafting and passing legislation that preserves patients’ choice, lowers costs and improves the quality of care.
“Now that the President has spoken, those who have opposed reform have a choice to make. They can continue to spread falsehoods about reform as they defend the status quo or they can step up to the plate and offer genuine ideas to strengthen the proposals before Congress.
“We all know that the cost of inaction is too great and that doing nothing is simply not an option. As the President said tonight, ‘Now is the season for action.’ It’s time for both sides of the aisle to come together for common sense reform that relieves the burden of skyrocketing costs that are breaking the backs of American families.”