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October 30, 2009

Velázquez Applauds Health Care Reform Bill

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement regarding the unveiling of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. 

With the introduction of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, we are a step closer to achieving a health care system that works for all Americans.  Nationwide approximately 47 million people are uninsured including over 8 million children. This is not only unacceptable it is inexcusable and immoral. H.R. 3962 will help ensure access to quality care for everyone. 

“When it comes to our health insurance, Americans have accepted the status quo for far too long.  As a result, an estimated 2.4 million New Yorkers are uninsured, with the largest stress placed on minority and low-income communities.  And for those who are covered, rising costs are hurting families and burdening many small businesses that are struggling to provide coverage for their employees.

“I am committed to seeing legislation enacted that will make it possible for all New Yorkers to find quality, affordable health care and expand Medicaid for our seniors.   With health care premiums in New York City climbing by as much as 13% in just one year, we cannot afford to wait any longer.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to see reform swiftly passed into law.”

The following is a link to the text of H.R. 3962 - Affordable Health Care for America Act: http://docs.house.gov/rules/health/111_ahcaa.pdf