Butterfield, Hagan React To Health Care Bill Passage

Congressman GK Butterfield voted in favor of the health care reform bill Sunday night. Following the bill's passage, his office released this statement:

“Like Social Security and Medicare before, these reforms provide a historic step toward making good on the promise of ensuring every American has access to high-quality, affordable health care. These reforms will finally bring an end to the quiet struggle millions of Americans face each day with a system that works better for the health insurance companies than it does for them. When it comes to health care, decisions must be made by patients and their doctors, not the government or insurance companies. And that’s exactly what this bill does – it puts people back in charge. In addition to providing the biggest deficit-reducing measures since the 1990s, these long-awaited reforms make coverage more affordable for everyone and hold insurance companies accountable, stopping the worst practices like denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, dropping coverage when someone gets sick or arbitrarily hiking up premiums.”

Senator Kay Hagan also supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Her office released this statement following the vote in the House of Representatives:

“The House’s passage of comprehensive health care reform is a milestone achievement that will benefit North Carolina’s hardworking families and small businesses and will finally make health insurance available to people with preexisting conditions,” said Hagan. “Here is why we need reform: ten years ago, North Carolinians paid $6,000 in annual family premiums. Today they pay $12,000. By 2016, it is projected that families will pay $24,000. North Carolina’s families deserve better than this. The Senate will now take up a bill to improve the overall reform package, including the removal of special deals for certain states. For example, I support removing the special Medicaid deal for Nebraska. I am working with my Senate colleagues to send President Obama a package of improvements that will do even more to lower costs for families and businesses.”

President Obama is expected to sign the bill passed in the House this week, while the Senate will work on additional health care legislation.

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