November 17, 2009

CARDIN, SILVER SPRING FAMILY AND DEMOCRATIC SENATORS DISCUSS THE COST TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IF CONGRESS DOES NOT ACT TO PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) led a group of senators including Patty Murray (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Ted Kaufman (D-DE) and Paul Kirk (D-MA) at a press conference today to discuss the need for action on health care reform and the devastating impact that health care costs are having on middle class families across America.  Joining the senators were Cynthia and Eric Cathcart of Silver Spring, who described their hardships trying to obtain affordable health coverage for their family.
 
The current health care system is failing the middle class.  Unbridled costs and out-of-pocket expenses are putting more families on the path to bankruptcy every day, and too many Americans live in fear of being dropped from their coverage when they need it most because of a pre-existing condition.  Senator Cardin is committed to passing meaningful health care reform that brings down costs while providing stability and security for the American middle class.
 
"For middle-class families, the status quo - inaction - is not acceptable. We need choice and competition to rein in out-of-control health care costs and protect Americans from the abusive practices of health insurance companies. Comprehensive health care reform is directly connected to our efforts to save jobs and grow our economy. Health care is draining family budgets and our national treasury. Congress needs to act now to ensure quality, affordable health care for all Americans," said Senator Cardin.
 
"Our Founding Fathers risked it all," said Cynthia and Eric Cathcart. "Our ancestors who came to this country risked it all. Those of us who are entrepreneurs risk it all. This is the time. This has to happen; we cannot afford to risk it all if we wait another two years. We need to pass health care reform now."