Waxman to Push '09 Health Care Reform
Byline: Sean Lengell, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The top House lawmaker in charge of writing health care legislation said Thursday that he is committed to passing a universal health care package by the end of the year, just hours before the Senate was expected to approve an expansion of a popular children's medical insurance program.
This is our time, we need to move forward, we need to get this job accomplished this year and get the bill to the president, said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman at a conference sponsored by Families USA, a liberal health care advocacy group.
Meanwhile, the Senate was poised to pass a $32 billion expansion of the State Children's Heath Insurance Program, or SCHIP, late Thursday. The program is a federal-state initiative for families that don't qualify for health care through Medicaid but can't afford private insurance.
Mr. Waxman, whose promise was met by a standing ovation by hundreds who attended the downtown Washington event, said health care reform done properly would be a boom - not a bust - to the nation's economy because it would ensure average Americans wouldn't be saddled with costly medical debt.
The economic times which are so difficult is another reason why we need to do it right away, he told reporters after his speech. The health of our economy depends on a great extent on our dealing with the health of our health care system.
Mr. Waxman didn't say when this year he would like to introduce a comprehensive health care reform package.
I'm waiting to talk more to the administration and work that through with them, and my colleagues in the House and the Senate, he said. We're going to have to coordinate …
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Publication information: Article title: Waxman to Push '09 Health Care Reform. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: January 30, 2009. Page number: A06. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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