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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

“The time has come for an up-or-down majority vote on health care reform”

AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee on Pres. Obama's health care reform plan

Washington, DC — 

“We agree with President Obama that the time has come for an up-or-down majority vote on health care reform.  The Senate has already passed a bill with a super-majority.  After months of debate, the anti-reform filibuster was broken.  While the insurance company CEOs and their Republican allies in Congress try to revive their filibuster and kill reform, we will fight to hold those insurance companies accountable.  Their days of putting profits over people are coming to an end.  It’s time to end their ability to cancel the coverage of those who get sick, or to deny coverage for preexisting conditions.  It’s time to control costs and help millions of Americans gain access to quality, affordable health care.  The existing rules allow Congress to get this job done with an up-or-down majority vote.  They need to do it.  The American people overwhelmingly support the bipartisan reforms included in the president’s health care package.  It is time for Congress to stand up to the insurance industry and enact President Obama’s plan into law.”

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