November 21,2009

Baucus Comments after Senate Votes to Move to Consideration of Health Reform Bill


To: Reporters and Editors
From: Scott Mulhauser and Erin Shields for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Re: Baucus comments after Senate votes to move to consideration of health reform bill

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) issued the following statement this evening after the Senate voted to end debate and move to consideration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

From Chairman Baucus:

“With tonight’s vote we are one step closer to bringing security and stability to our health care system and providing the real reform that American families, businesses and the economy so desperately need,” Baucus said. “This bill is the culmination of years of study and debate. It is fully paid for and will reduce the national debt. It will improve choice and competition in the insurance market and protect consumers from harmful insurance company practices like denying coverage for Americans who are sick. It will provide billions in tax cuts to help working families and small businesses afford quality health insurance. It will extend coverage to 31 million more Americans and drive down premium costs for all of us. Now we have the opportunity to debate even further. I look forward to a full and healthy discussion and to working with my colleagues to make this bill even better.”