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Momentum Continues To Grow In Support Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC – Numerous medical professional, public interest groups and editorial boards have voiced their support to proceed to debate of the Senate health insurance reform legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These organizations recognize that the proposal saves lives and saves money.  It is a pro-consumer, pro-patient bill that will make health insurance more affordable and stop insurance company abuses that prevent people from getting the health care they need.   It is also a fiscally responsible plan that will reduce the deficit and rein in runaway health care costs. These statements of support indicate the strong momentum for reform that continues to build:
 
President Obama’s Statement of Administration Policy – “The Administration strongly supports Senate passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the proposed substitute to H.R. 3590), which represents a critical milestone in the effort to reform our health care system. This legislation meets the President’s criteria for health insurance reform: it provides stability and security to those with insurance; offers access to quality, affordable health care for those who do not have insurance; cuts costs for families, small businesses and the Government; and does so without adding a dime to the deficit. This legislation is the product of unprecedented cooperation and countless hours of hard work by Members of the Senate who share the President’s conviction that the Nation cannot wait another year for health insurance reform. They have forged a strong consensus that represents an historic step forward.” [Statement of Administration Policy, 11/20/09]
 
AARP – Letter to Senator Reid: ‘We Strongly Urge The Senate To Vote For Cloture This Saturday..’ – “On behalf of AARP’s more than 40 million members, I congratulate you for merging the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees’ bill for consideration on the Senate floor. This comprehensive, health reform legislation moves us one important step closer to enacting historic legislation to control skyrocketing costs, improve quality and expand access to affordable care. We strongly urge the Senate to vote for cloture this Saturday to begin debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” [AARP Letter to Senator Reid, 11/20/09]
 
AHA – Statement on Senate Action on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – “As the health care reform debate shifts to the Senate, the American Heart Association encourages lawmakers to maintain the momentum for meaningful health care reform by beginning Senate debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as soon as possible…We urge Senators to support allowing debate begin as a necessary next step to allow for a robust and critical dialogue on health care reform.” [Statement by AHA CEO Nancy Brown, 11/20/09]
 
AMA – Letter to Senator Reid: ‘We strongly urge all Senators to support cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 3590’ – “The American Medical Association continues to be a strong advocate for health system reform. The upcoming debate by the full U.S. Senate is one of the most important deliberations of our time. Accordingly, we strongly urge all Senators to support cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 3590. This will allow a full and substantive discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” [AMA Letter to Senator Reid, 11/21/09]
 
New York Times
– The Senate Health Reform Bill – “The long struggle by Senate Democratic leaders to merge two versions of health care reform into a single bill was worth the wait. The bill that the majority leader, Harry Reid, hopes to bring to the floor soon for debate is an improvement in many respects from the Senate Finance Committee’s bill, which had previously been considered a possible template for what the Senate was likely to approve.” [New York Times Editorial, 11/21/09]
 
Washington Post – Who’s afraid to debate health reform? – “The health-reform legislation unveiled Wednesday night deserves to be considered on the Senate floor. This is the only real question facing wavering senators who have concerns about particular provisions or about the overall reach and cost of the measure. The right answer is to allow the proposal to go forward.” [Washington Post Editorial, 11/20/09]
 
Sunlight Foundation – By Posting the Act 72 Hours Prior to a Vote, Reid is “Strengthening” the Floor Debate. The Sunlight Foundation wrote that “(B)y posting these materials online, Majority Leader Reid is strengthening and legitimizing the floor debate on the bill…” [Sunlight Foundation blog post, 11/20/09]

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