Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement this morning after the Senate invoked cloture on the manager’s amendment to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“Today, the Senate took another historic step toward our goal of delivering access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans. Our manager’s amendment makes a good bill even better. The CBO has confirmed that with the revisions we’ve made to our bill cuts the deficit by $132 billion dollars in the next ten years, while providing health care to an additional 31 million Americans. This amendment also helps to promote choice and competition to drive down skyrocketing health care costs for families in Nevada and all across America.
“Senate Democrats are determined to not let the American people down because we know the cost of inaction. Almost 8,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day that we do not act. That’s why I’ve been so disappointed with the ‘do nothing, say anything’ approach that most Senate Republicans have decided to take toward health reform. Despite their decision to bet on failure, Senate Democrats are committed to passing health legislation this week that will deliver quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans.”