Health care reform represents 'historic milestone'
Monday, Mar. 22, 2010
Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, released the following statement after last night's House vote on health care.
"Today’s votes by the U.S. House of Representatives mark an historic milestone in American political history. The path that began with Social Security and continued with Medicare is reaching fruition with this health care legislation. Comprehensive health care reform will begin to undo decades of neglect and inaction that has left millions of Americans uninsured and at risk.
"This legislation is a monumental step in the fight for social justice.
"Too many citizens lack adequate health insurance coverage and rising costs threaten everyone. Passage of comprehensive health care legislation greatly expands coverage to include millions more Americans; protects the coverage that currently delivers care to most; reduces costs over the long term; and accomplishes these goals at a reasonable cost.
"It would be difficult to overstate the importance of today’s actions, and we commend our elected representatives for standing up for Americans and having the courage to do what needs to be done to confront the health care crisis in our country. The League congratulates the House leadership on a closely fought victory.
"We can expect transformational reform from these bills. Access to health care will be extended to all Americans. Mechanisms to control rising costs will be put in place. And the marketplace will be expanded and safeguards put in place to protect consumers.
"Truly, this legislation is monumental, historic, and transforming.
"Today we took the critical step in dealing with the current health care crisis. Tomorrow, many Americans will wake up to a new week and a new future that looks a great deal more promising."
Locally, the vote split as it did nationally, along party lines. Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy voted for the measure, while Republicans Pat Tiberi and Steve Austria voted against it.