Release: Senate Panel Begins Work on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, June 17 – The Senate health committee today began work on a health care reform bill to bring down costs and provide coverage for nearly 50 million Americans without insurance.

Sanders is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that is one of two Senate panels drafting health care legislation.

“In the United States today health care costs are soaring, 46 million lack any health insurance while more are under-insured, 18,000 die because they don’t have regular access to a doctor and, in the midst of all of that, we end up spending far more than any other country,” Sanders said in his opening remarks,” he said.

“Our job must be to wring out the incredible profiteering and inefficiencies that 1,300 private health insurance companies create, and increase efforts on prevention, primary care and quality control.  If we do that, we can provide high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective health care for all Americans.”