Senate Democrats

Senate Leaders Discuss How The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Will Strengthen Our Economy

Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer, Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray and Democratic Steering Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow held a press conference today to discuss how The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will help strengthen our economy and create and retain jobs.

“The American people shouldn’t lose sight of how health reform will contribute to our overall economic recovery,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  “Our bill will not only strengthen our health care system, but it will boost our economy by creating jobs, supporting small businesses and putting money back into the pockets of the American people.”

Senator Durbin said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy but are struggling to stay afloat in the face of rising health care costs and shrinking credit. The health care reform bill Democrats have proposed will curb costs for small businesses while making health coverage more stable, more secure and more affordable for all Americans.”

“This isn’t just a health care bill, it is a job creation bill that will create opportunities for more physicians and nurses,” said Senator Schumer. “If you’re going to bring more people into the health care system, it stands to reason that you need more health care professionals to treat them. This bill will meet that demand by creating more jobs in the health sector.”

Senator Murray said: “Health insurance reform is critical for small businesses and the long term strength of our economy.  Small business owners are struggling to provide their employees with coverage as costs rise – and less coverage means more uninsured workers, lost productivity and a drag on our economy. That is why Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act addresses skyrocketing health care costs and will make it more affordable for small businesses to provide coverage for their employees. Reform will put money back into the pockets of working families – money that will be spent back into our economy and help put people back to work.”

“Rebuilding our economy and creating jobs is my top priority.  This health insurance reform bill is essential to that effort,” said Senator Stabenow. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will reduce health care costs for small businesses by 25% and free up $9 billion for big businesses that can be reinvested in our economy, saving millions of jobs. We need to pass this bill now, to help American companies compete in the global marketplace and strengthen our economy.”