Health Care Reform

Statement by Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus Re: Sen. Harry Reid’s Senate Heath Care Reform Bill

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–October 26, 2009.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) released the following statement today after remarks by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate health care reform bill.

From Chairman Baucus:

“It is time to make our system work better for patients and providers, for small business owners and for our economy.  It is time for health care reform.  For more than a year, we’ve been working to meet the goals of reducing the growth of health care costs, improving quality and efficiency and expanding coverage.  There are a tremendous number of complicated issues that go into reform and the public option is certainly one of them.  I included a public option in the health reform blueprint I released nearly one year ago, and continue to support any provision, including a public option, that will ensure choice and competition and get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.  Success should be our threshold and I am going to fight hard for the 60 votes we need to meet that goal this year.”