WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Democrats on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today introduced The Affordable Health Choices Act as part of Congressional efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, issued the following statement in response:
“This legislation takes major steps toward reforming private insurance markets, cutting health care costs, and improving quality of care. The final legislation must also include a public health care option – it’s not just good policy, it’s the right thing to do. Ohio families have waited long enough for health care reform. I applaud Chairman Kennedy and Senator Dodd for their leadership and look forward to working with them on the final bill.”
The Affordable Health Choices Act includes the following five major elements:
• Guarantees choice of plan for consumers while affording consumers new, more affordable options.
• Reduces health care costs through market competition, stronger prevention, better quality of care, and steps to root out fraud and abuse.
• Strengthens prevention and wellness programs for millions of Americans.
• Modernizes the health system by investing in training for medical professionals and by better coordinating patient care.
• Improves long term care and services for elderly and disabled Americans.
Brown is a leading advocate for including a public health insurance option in comprehensive health care reform. Last month, Brown introduced a resolution cosponsored by 28 other senators calling for the inclusion of an affordable, federally backed insurance pool in any efforts to reform our health care system. More information about Brown’s resolution, which states that the choice of a public health insurance option would introduce competition in the health insurance market and help reduce health care costs can be found here.
See Brown’s response on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SenSherrodBrown