February 25,2010

Baucus Comment after Bipartisan Health Care Summit


To: Reporters and Editors
From: Scott Mulhauser and Erin Shields for Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Re: Today’s Health Care Summit

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) issued the following comment today after the President’s bicameral, bipartisan Health Care Summit.

From Chairman Baucus:

“We owe it to the American people to let facts – not rhetoric – define this discussion. I’m glad that  we could come together to sit down and talk about the facts. The facts I heard today indicate that  we have so many areas of agreement and many of these bipartisan ideas are already in our bill.  Republicans and Democrats agree we should focus on prevention. We agree we should give individuals and small businesses a new marketplace where they can pool together to get lower  rates. We agree we should aggressively fight fraud, waste and abuse. These are just some of the  many areas where we agree.

“I was pleased that our focus today was making our health care system more affordable and more  sustainable. Too many families and too many small businesses are struggling under our  broken system. For these hard-working families and small businesses, it is clear that we must pass health reform. And we must pass it this year.”