WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement after leaders in the health care community met with Pres. Barack Obama and announced a commitment to reducing medical costs by $2 trillion over 10 years:
“Today’s announcement shows the growing momentum for comprehensive health care reform. American consumers and business are demanding that we fix our broken health care system. A national commitment to cutting health care costs is an important step in making health care work for consumers. Passing health care reform that includes a federally-backed health insurance option will go even further toward cutting costs by bringing much-needed competition to the private insurance market.”
Brown has been leading the fight in the Senate for the inclusion of a federally-backed health insurance option in comprehensive health care reform. Last week, 22 senators signed a letter circulated by Brown outlining how reform with a federally-backed health insurance option could lower health costs, improve quality of care, and ensure access in rural and other underserved areas.