October 16, 2009
CARDIN SAYS CONGRESS IS READY TO MOVE FORWARD IN HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WILL ENSURE ALL AMERICANS GET QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
COLUMBIA, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today met with doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and Howard County community health care leaders at Howard County General's Wellness Center to update them on health care reform efforts in Congress.
Senator Cardin told the group that House and Senate leaders are now working on melding five separate bills into one that will pass both chambers. He went on to say: "Just as we passed Medicare in 1965, which ensured that seniors would have access to health insurance, we are close to passing an historic measure that will significantly improve the health and well being of all Americans.
"The debate on health care reform has been a healthy one for our nation. I have treasured every opportunity to hear first-hand from doctors, nurses, and other medical providers who are on the front lines of America's health care system. Now it is time to act.
"As Congress moves forward, I am committed to health care reform that will build on our current system of private, employer-based insurance. We also must find ways to spend our health care dollars more wisely so that we can bring down the escalating costs of health care that threaten all American families. Part of spending our health care dollars more wisely must be to focus on prevention and wellness, and to better manage chronic illnesses that often lead to more costly hospitalizations if left untreated."
Senator Cardin told the group that he expects health care to be debated on the Senate floor by the end of October. "I believe Congress will pass health care reform before the December holidays."
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