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Former Senate Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle and Dole Commend Senate Passage of Health Care Bill
Date:12/24/2009

Authors of the Bipartisan Policy Center Report Continue to Encourage Joint Leadership on Reform

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle and Bob Dole, members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Advisory Board and Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care, commend their former Senate colleagues for passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 today.

Senators Baker, Daschle and Dole released their bipartisan plan for comprehensive health care reform, Crossing Our Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System, in June after 14 months of negotiations. Their politically-viable framework addresses the delivery, cost, coverage and financing challenges facing our nation's health care system and many of the BPC's report recommendations are included in the Senate bill. These recommendations include:

  • Strong insurance market reforms and new consumer-friendly insurance exchanges: New federal insurance market reforms, like guaranteed issue and elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions, combined with state-based exchanges that improve consumer choice, price transparency, and competition.
  • Refundable tax credits to help make health insurance more affordable: New tax credits to purchase health care coverage for those who need it most, while providing assurance that out-of-pocket premium costs will not overwhelm consumers.
  • Medicaid coverage for the most vulnerable Americans: Very low-income individuals - those who are most difficult to cover in the private insurance market - would be covered by Medicaid.
  • Bold reforms and investments to improve health care quality while controlling costs: Infrastructure improvements, such as health information technology and standardized quality measures, that would help increase the availability of r
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