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For Immediate Release: 
September 25, 2009
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md) issued the following statement today, the 100th day since House Republicans pledged to introduce a health care reform bill: 

“In June of this year, House Republicans said they would introduce a bill to reform America’s health care system. In the 100 days since that pledge was made, there has been a lot of talk of solutions and alternatives, but to date, Republicans have yet to offer a concrete vision of how they want to make health care more affordable and accessible to Americans and their families.

“The fact that there is no Republican plan has not been overlooked by a public that is very engaged in this critical debate. Indeed, a new poll out today shows that three-quarters of Americans believe that Republicans in Congress have not laid out a clear plan. That same poll shows that two-thirds believe Republicans are blocking health reform for purely political purposes alone.

“Now, I don’t believe that all Republicans are opposing reform for political gain, and I have personally reached out to them to hear what their ideas are and see if there is common ground. However, calls by Republican leadership to ‘push reset’ and start over is not what the American people want, particularly when those calling for it don’t have a plan of their own. Americans have waited far too long for reforms that control rising costs and provide guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care.  Republican plan or not, the time for health care reform is now.”