National Partnership for Women & Families

Leading Consumer Expert Lauds Introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Urges Swift Action

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President National Partnership for Women & Families
Washington, D.C. — November 18, 2009 —
“ Today, the nation is poised to take a historic step toward meaningful health insurance reform. The introduction of the Senate’s health insurance reform bill puts us closer than ever to providing families in America with insurance coverage they can count on. We commend Senator Reid and the Senate Democratic leadership team for bringing the nation closer to this point. We urge the Senate to quickly debate and move forward, so we can secure comprehensive, quality health care for all.

The Senate bill delivers on the promise of reform in key ways. It would prevent insurance companies from denying or dropping coverage based on gender, age, or a pre-existing condition. It also triggers some badly needed changes to the way we pay for and deliver health care that would result in both quality improvements and cost-savings.

The time for health insurance reform is now. We’re closer, but there is more work ahead. The nation needs a healthy, open debate from the Senate. We look forward to working with Senators to ensure that health insurance reform truly translates into affordable, comprehensive, quality health care for every woman and every family.”

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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