Senator Praises Legislation Passed This Morning by a Vote of 60 to 39
WASHINGTON, DC [12/24/09] — Sen. Al Franken (D–Minn.) made the following statement today about the final Senate passage this morning of the Senate health reform bill. The vote was 60 for 39 against.
“Too many Minnesotans – too many Americans – are suffering as a result of our broken health care system,” said Sen. Franken. “The legislation that the Senate just passed today will bring health coverage to an additional 295,000 Minnesotans by 2019 and give millions more the peace of mind that they will no longer be one diagnosis, one accident, one pre-existing condition, or one pink slip away from losing health coverage. This bill does not fix all the problems with our health care system, but it will help begin to bring down costs and is a significant down payment toward the goal of quality affordable health care for all Americans.”
The bill will now move to the conference committee where it will be merged with the House version of the health reform bill.
Yesterday, Sen. Franken spoke about the importance of passing this bill, and highlighted some of the ways it will expand coverage and lower costs. Sen. Franken’s statement on health care reform can be found here.