WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama called on Democrats to move forward on health reform legislation that already incorporates both Republican and Democratic ideas:
“We are at a pivotal moment in the effort to pass health insurance reform that will make insurance more affordable for American families and businesses, and give patients – not insurance companies – greater control over their health care. The President has put forward a proposal that builds on the work we have done over the past year and pulls together the best ideas from the House and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans.
“He also made clear, however, that when it comes to protecting patients, our position is non-negotiable; Democrats strongly believe that reform must set some common sense rules to protect people from unfair insurance company practices.
“And so we will move forward with an up-or-down vote on improvements to legislation the Senate has already passed with a super-majority. We know what the cost of inaction is; for decades we have seen it take its toll on families, businesses and our country, and we simply can’t afford it. Now is the time to act.”