Friday, June 19, 2009

House Dems Unveil Health Care Plan; GOP Response

At a press conference earlier today, the Chairmen of the House Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce, and Education & Labor Committees unveiled an 852-page Tri-Committee Discussion Draft for Health Care Reform. A related press release links to this 4-page Summary of the Discussion Draft and related material.

House Education & Labor Chairman George Miller said: "Today marks a historic moment in America’s urgent quest to fix our broken health insurance system.... President Obama asked us to draft a reform bill that will control costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality and affordable health coverage for all Americans. I believe that our draft lives up to those essential principles."He added hearings on the draft legislation will begin next week.

In his response, House Republican Chair John Boehner called the House Dem's plan "nothing less than a government takeover of health care... This plan will make health care more expensive, reduce the quality of care for millions of families and small businesses, cost American jobs, and force untold millions of Americans off their current plans and into a government-run nightmare operated by federal bureaucrats." The GOP response links to the House GOP Health Care Reform proposal presented earlier this week, and related information.

FEI members: if you have questions about developments with respect to health care reform, contact Matt Miller, Senior Director, Government Affairs, in FEI's Washington DC office or Cady North, Manager of Government Affairs, .

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