WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) released the following statement today after attending a summit on health care reform at the White House:
“Today, I joined President Obama and national health care leaders for a constructive and broad-ranging discussion on health care reform. The conversation focused on expanding access, improving quality and lowering the costs of care for all Americans.
“A diversity of perspectives was represented in today’s summit, and all agree – now is the time for fundamental change. The skyrocketing cost of health care is squeezing families, burdening business and represents one of the greatest threats to America’s long-term fiscal stability. We simply cannot afford the cost of doing nothing.
“At a time of extraordinary economic crisis, the imperative for action is even greater. Americans are losing their jobs and their insurance, health care costs are putting American companies at a competitive disadvantage in the global market, and the ranks of the uninsured continue to grow. Reforming our current system to improve quality and contain costs will be a critical component of our economic recovery, as well as our long-term prosperity.
“Congress has already begun to lay the groundwork for reform, and today’s discussion will be continued in a series of hearings planned in the coming months. Our goal is to act on legislation this year. This will be a major effort, requiring input from voices from across the spectrum, but I believe that the will exists among the President, members of Congress and the American people to commit the time, the effort and the resources to finally achieve comprehensive health care reform.”