WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the health care reform discussion draft unveiled today by the chairmen of the three committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“I commend the three committees - the Chairmen, their Members and staff – for working together in an unprecedented way to put forward one draft that represents the next step in achieving health care reform for America.
“This draft serves as the discussion point moving forward as we continue working to seek input and ideas from Members throughout our Caucus and on the other side of aisle. With hearings next week and markups to follow, we expect robust discussion and debate true to our democratic process and necessary for building strong consensus on such a critical issue.
“Americans want and deserve health care reform that contains rising costs and delivers peace of mind that they will have access to affordable, quality health care. With each step we take, we move closer to this goal, and working together we will achieve it this year.”