WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee reported out a health insurance reform bill by a bipartisan vote of 14-9. Finance is the last of the five committees with jurisdiction over health care to act.
“Today’s action marks a significant milestone on the road to health insurance reform that provides all Americans with access to affordable, quality health care. With all five committees of jurisdiction reporting out a bill, both the House and Senate will move in the weeks ahead to bring final legislation forward for a vote.
“As far as we have come, much work remains. Our focus in the House continues to be on building strong consensus around a bill that lowers costs for middle-class families, expands coverage, and provides quality health care choices for all Americans. Making health care affordable for working Americans is essential to our goals, and I hope the Senate will move closer to the House in strengthening this critical piece of reform.
“Furthermore, the House remains committed to a bill that is both deficit-neutral and brings down the trajectory of rising costs in the long term. It is critical that we adhere to these principles, which are shared by the President."