USAction Praises Majority Leader Reid For Leadership in Advancing Public Option
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — USAction today praised Senate Majority Leader Reid for moving health care reform forward and for including a public option in what has now emerged as the working reform legislation in the U.S. Senate.
“We applaud Senator Reid for his leadership in advancing the landmark debate over how to achieve quality, affordable health care for all Americans,” said USAction Program Director Alan Charney. “We call on all senators to vote for the motion to begin this debate on the floor of the Senate and to do so without delay. For millions of Americans struggling to pay their bills, health care can’t wait.”
Charney added that when health care reform legislation reaches the floor of the House and Senate, it will mark the closest the U.S. has ever been to passing quality, affordable health care reform with a public health insurance option. “Senator Reid, Speaker Pelosi and many of their colleagues in the House and Senate leadership have bought us within reach,” Charney said. “They have done so despite withering pressure from the insurance industry, wealthy CEOs and literally thousands of insurance industry lobbyists. We commend and thank them for their leadership in putting consumers first.”
USAction supports comprehensive health care reform that includes a robust public option; measures to ensure affordability; coverage for all; fair financing; and employer responsibility.
USAction and its 28 state affiliates and partners are part of Health Care for America Now, the nation’s largest health care reform campaign. Since May of this year, USAction and its affiliates and partners organized or supported 363 town hall meetings and forums on health care and generated 389,028 grassroots contacts to Congress, including phone calls, letters, faxes, emails and petitions.