DPW Chair Tate Statement Praising the House of Representative

Nov 06, 2009

DPW Chair Tate Statement Praising the

House of Representative’s Historic Vote to

Pass Health Insurance Reform


MADISON – Tonight, the Affordable Health Care for America Act was passed by the House of Representatives, an important step towards ensuring every American has access to quality, affordable, stable and secure health care coverage.  This legislation will finally rein in the insurance companies’ worst practices while extending coverage to 36 million Americans and cutting the deficit by $104 billion in the next ten years.  The bill was supported by a wide range of groups including doctors, patients, seniors, consumers and Americans across the country.  It received only one Republican supporter.

“Last November, Americans voted for change, and that’s what this historic legislation represents. This brings the health reform first called for almost one hundred years ago by President Teddy Roosevelt closer to becoming a reality than ever before.”  

“The Affordable Health Care for America Act will provide long overdue reforms to the insurance industry and important protections for Wisconsinites. It will also provide more quality, affordable choices while bringing down the skyrocketing costs for families and businesses and lowering the national deficit.  Because of this act, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions or cancel coverage because of illnesses.”

“Today I thank President Obama and Congressional Democrats for their strong leadership on health insurance reform. While this isn’t the end of the process, it’s a critical step towards finally passing comprehensive health insurance reform.”