National Partnership for Women & Families

Leading Consumer Expert Praises Obama's Strong Call to Pass Health Insurance Reform Now

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President National Partnership for Women & Families
Washington, D.C. — September 10, 2009 —
“President Obama’s historic address to Congress on health insurance reform was a resounding call to get it done right, and get it done right now — and Congress should take heed. America’s families are counting on lawmakers to fix our broken health care system this year.

The need for reform is urgent and indisputable. The vast majority of Americans — including patients, providers, and caregivers — recognize that the status quo is unsustainable. Millions of people nationwide have signed petitions, visited or called their Members of Congress, or attended town hall meetings to support health reform, because they know we need meaningful reform that makes quality, affordable care a reality.

The cost of inaction to women and families across the country is too great. The President called for urgently-needed reforms to the insurance market so that people can count on their health care benefits when they need them the most, regardless of their age, gender, or a pre-existing condition. He also recognized the need to transform our current system into a pay-for-value rather than a pay-for-volume system in order to finally deliver comprehensive, coordinated and quality health care.

The public is counting on Congress to pass a health insurance reform package this year that will finally give them stability and security when it comes to their health and the health of their loved ones. And, despite a vocal minority intent on playing politics with health care, we are closer than ever before to reform that lowers costs, guarantees coverage, and provides more choice for all Americans.

This was the right message, at the right moment. We need to answer the President’s call by putting politics aside and working towards a goal we all share — healthy futures for America’s families. There is more momentum now than ever to make it happen. Congress should bring the President’s vision to life and pass meaningful health insurance reform this year.”

Contact

Cindy Romero (202) 986-2600 cromero@nationalpartnership.org

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 www.NationalPartnership.org.

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