Release: Consumer Choice in Health Care Reform Resolution Introduced

Senators Say that Any Efforts to Reform Health Care Should Include Choice of Affordable, Federally-Backed Insurance Pool

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Twenty-eight U.S. Senators today introduced a resolution calling for the inclusion of federally-backed health insurance option in health care reform. The Senators resolution says that any reform of our nation's health care system should give consumers a choice of an affordable, federally-backed option to introduce competition in the health insurance market and contain health care costs. A copy of the resolution can be found here.

The Senators' resolution expresses that the "presence of a federally-backed insurance pool" would provide consumer choice and benefit "Americans who have become unemployed, live in rural and other traditionally underserved areas, or have been unable to attain affordable health insurance."

The resolution states that "any efforts to reform our Nation's health care system should include as an option the establishment of a federally-backed insurance pool to create options for American consumers.

The resolution was sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Roland W. Burris (D-IL), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD).