WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to the president’s visit to Cleveland today. President Obama toured the Cleveland Clinic, a cutting-edge health facility, and held a town hall meeting to discuss health care reform with Ohioans.
“I’m glad the president chose to come to Ohio today. He knows, like millions of Ohioans, that health insurance reform cannot wait. Today he’ll get to hear directly from Ohioans about their struggles with our nation’s fractured health care system.
“We must keep what works and fix what is broken. We must cut costs for families and businesses, and we must make improvements to our health insurance industry by implementing needed reforms – such as ensuring that no one is denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions – and by including a strong public option. We’re making important strides already, and we will get this passed this year. The status quo is the worst plan possible.
“Progress in this country does not and has not come easily, but the important changes rarely do. That’s why the president’s visit to Ohio is so important today. Our work will not be done until every Ohioan has access to affordable quality coverage.”
Brown has been an outspoken advocate for health insurance reform with a strong public plan option to maximize access to affordable coverage options. Last week, the Senate HELP Committee passed historic health reform, which included a public plan option authored by Brown. More information is available here.
Brown was unable to attend today’s town hall due to votes in the U.S. Senate.