HEALTH CARE REFORM WILL HOLD INSURANCE COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE AND PROVIDE MILLIONS WITH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP today, applauded the US House of Representatives after a 219-212 vote to pass much-needed reform to the current health care system.
“The NAACP and our 2200 membership units applauds the US House of Representatives for passing much needed health care reform legislation. NAACP members from around the country have been actively engaged in contacting members of Congress with a simple message, “Pass Health Care Now” and our Representatives have listened,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous “The U.S. House made history today, passing the most sweeping and comprehensive health care reform bill in the history of the United States. Their vote was not only a vote on health care reform it was a vote for the future of this country, the future of our economy and made the future even brighter for all citizens and families.”
“Health Care reform, simply, is a matter of life and death. Real people are suffering and dying because of the current system, and we need reform now, and it is our hope that the U.S. Senate will pass the house’s reconciliation bill in an expedited manner so that more people can avoid prolonged sickness, injury or death from lack of insurance,” concluded Jealous.
NAACP Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau stated “Under the current proposal, if people like the insurance plan they have, they can keep it. If they like their doctor, nothing in the new proposal takes that choice away. What does change under the new plan is an increase in protections provided to Americans. Specifically, the new proposal outlaws discrimination against Americans with pre-existing medical conditions and does not allow insurance companies to deny coverage to a person because he or she has gotten sick. It reduces costs for people who currently have insurance and makes coverage more affordable for people without it. It also sets up a new competitive insurance market where small business owners and families are allowed to shop for the insurance plan that works best for them.”
This proposal will insure over 31 million American and will make coverage more affordable by providing a middle class tax cut for health care, thereby reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who cannot afford coverage while reducing the federal deficit.
“Every 12 minutes someone in this country dies from a lack of health insurance. With this historic vote today, we will put an end to unnecessary deaths and focus on keeping our citizens healthy,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “It is our hope that the U.S. Senate will move as swiftly and pass the reconciliation bill, so President Obama can sign this law and ease the burden on American families who are crumbling under the rule of insurance companies and their exorbitant prices and deceitful tactics,” concluded Brock.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.