WASHINGTON, DC –Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) today praised President Obama’s efforts to move forward on health care reform with a series of regional summits, the first of which is occurring today in Dearborn, MI. Health care reform was also on the agenda in the House this week, where hearings took place in the three House committees sharing jurisdiction over health care reform.
“The need to fix health care is a conversation that is happening not just in Washington, but at the kitchen tables of families across this country,” stated Leader Hoyer. “I applaud the President for taking the conversation to the citizens whose personal stories are at the heart of this important issue. Through bringing people together and building consensus around reform that cuts costs, expands coverage and improves quality, we can and we will get this done, this year.”
This week’s House hearings on health care reform were conducted in the Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means Committees, with more planned in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the three Committee Chairmen sent a letter to President Obama
voicing their commitment to work together to pass reform legislation in the House before August.
“I strongly commend the House committees for moving quickly to hold hearings and for pledging their commitment to bring legislation to the House Floor before August,” continued Hoyer. “There are many voices who will contribute to this process, and it is important that we work together and draw upon the collective expertise of Members from both sides of the aisle, the health care community and the American people to achieve this critical national priority.”
“The President and his health care team are taking big steps to break out of the box that has kept us from coming up with a better system,” said Congressman John D. Dingell, a veteran leader in the House on health care issues who represents Dearborn in Congress and is attending today’s forum. “It’s easy to get caught up in the rhetoric from insurance companies, trial lawyers, pharmaceuticals, doctors, advocacy groups and all those with an interest in this issue. However, the most important voice is that of the American people. President Obama has made it very clear that working families will not be shut out of this discussion; beginning with today’s meeting in my district. I’ve tried for 53 years to get a system that will protect people while helping American industry. I think meetings like today’s will bring us closer to that goal.”