I’m not sure it has sunk in yet, that health reform will be the law of the land. The House of Representatives passed both the Senate health reform bill, which will go to the President for his signature Tuesday, and the “reconciliation” package of changes and improvements, that will be considered by the Senate in the next week.
As much as the vote is historic, it’s really about the help it will provide for millions of Californians. Immediately, there will be relief for seniors with their prescription drugs and small businesses with the premiums of their workers’ healthcare. Soon, it will prevent the worst abuses of the health insurance industry, and help make coverage more affordable. With millions of Californians losing their health coverage and seeing health insurance rate hikes, and concerned that their coverage won’t be there for them when they need it, we Californians needed this shot in the arm.
We thank the Democratic Representatives in California that united to support health reform, siding with California families, rather than the insurance companies. This reform will stop denials for pre-existing conditions, expand coverage, and provide real relief for those struggling with health costs.
Californians are more likely to find themselves uninsured, to be denied for pre-existing conditions, to not get on-the-job benefits. In the last two years, nearly two million Californians lost their coverage. We need this reform to prevent millions more from becoming uninsured, and thus living sicker, dying younger, and being one emergency from financial ruin.” said Wright.
To fulfill the promise of health reform, we look forward to the work to implement and improve it, starting this week in the Senate.