WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the need for a public health insurance option to be included in comprehensive health insurance reform:

"All four committees that have passed health insurance reform included a strong public option.  Meaningful health insurance reform should include a public option will keep insurers honest and lower costs. Americans seeking affordable, quality health care deserve no less."