|Blumenauer Votes to Pass Historic Health Insurance Reform Bill|
|Saturday, 07 November 2009 16:10|
Historic Legislation Passes, Will Reduce Deficit and Provide Quality, Affordable Care
Washington, DC - Rep. Earl Blumenauer voted tonight to pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962), which passed the House by a vote of 220-215. The bill includes a public option, adds coverage for 37 million people, insures 96% of Americans, and provides advance care planning - a provision Blumenauer authored - all while reducing the deficit.
Following is a statement from Rep. Blumenauer:
"Tonight I voted for every Oregonian who has faced bankruptcy when they've lost their care or has been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Tonight, I voted to protect every Oregonian who has health insurance but sees their costs rising every year.
"Passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act marks the most important single step in 100 years in addressing the health care needs of American families. For the first time, the US government has dealt comprehensively with the entire health care system.
"I'm pleased we were successful in the incorporation of major reforms, improving care for all Americans while strengthening the position of Oregon medical care providers.