Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
November 7, 2009
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed health care reform with several news outlets this morning. Below are excerpts and links to video of those appearances.

ABC’s Good Morning America:  

“For a century almost – Theodore Roosevelt to this President – have been saying that we need to make sure that all Americans have affordable health care they can count on. And this day is a day which I think many, many generations have waited for, for a very long time.”

CBS’s Early Show:

“This bill has been subjected to over 100 hearings over the last two years. Health care legislation has been discussed literally for decades and was a major subject throughout the presidential campaign last year in 2008. It has received some 3,000 public hearings... In the 29 years that I’ve been here, I have not seen a piece of legislation subjected to so much scrutiny, oversight, discussion, debate and consideration.”

NBC’s Today Show:

“[Today, we are going to] be voting for health care reform for all Americans, to give them the security they need and to bring costs down which are unsustainable. And the CBO, of course, says our bills are paid for. The Republican alternative … is a bill which will result in there being more uninsured Americans ten years from now than there are today. That's not what Americans voted for. That's not what they expect. And I think we're going to see the majority of the House of Representatives vote to pass this bill, send it to conference, so that we can get health care security for all Americans.”


“All the members of the Democratic Caucus, without exception, believe that we need to pass major health care reform so that we can make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans. This bill accomplishes that. There is some disagreement on some issues, but there is universal commitment to passing a health care reform bill, so we're confident we'll have the votes later today.”