WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to
President Obama’s Joint Address to Congress on health insurance reform.
“Tonight the President made a strong case for health insurance reform that ensures all Americans have access to affordable, secure health care coverage. He explained what health insurance reform will mean for Americans who have insurance, for those that struggle to afford or obtain coverage, and for businesses that want to cover their employees while staying competitive with foreign companies.
“For far too long, huge health insurance companies have been allowed to run roughshod over middle class families in Ohio and across the country. It’s one of the main reasons why Americans voted for change last November. And it’s why I am committed to doing whatever I can to make sure Congress produces a strong health insurance reform bill – one that includes strict insurance regulation, tax credits for small businesses, and a robust public option – as soon as possible. I hope the President’s strong leadership on this issue – even in the face of outrageous distortions from defenders of the status quo – inspires my colleagues in Congress to ignore the special interest lobbyists and pass the reform that the American people have been waiting for.”
Brown, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, crafted key components of the committee-passed health insurance reform bill. He is a leading advocate for the public option, first circulating a letter signed by 26 of his colleagues calling for a strong public option and later helping to craft the public option in the HELP-committee passed bill.