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Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference on Introduction of Health Care Legislation
Date:7/14/2009

WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Chairman Henry Waxman, Chairman Charles Rangel, Chairman George Miller, Chairman John Dingell and other senior House Democrats held a press conference in the Capitol this afternoon to discuss legislation introduced today by the Tri-Committees on health care reform.

Below are the Speaker's opening remarks and closing statement. A transcript of the entire press conference will be sent later.

On What Health Care Reform Bill Will Do for Americans:

"This bill is a starting point and a path to success. To lower costs to consumers and businesses; to give greater choice to Americans, including keeping your doctor or plan if you like them; better quality of care putting doctors, not insurance companies, back in charge; and to provide stability and peace of mind that you cannot be denied care or coverage for a pre-existing condition."

Speaker Pelosi Opening Remarks:

"Good afternoon. This is indeed a happy day, for today we are introducing historic and transformative legislation that will benefit all Americans -- America's Affordable Health Choices Act. It is a health insurance act for the great middle class of America.

"I'd like to thank our committee chairs for the work they have done to ensure quality, affordability, and accessibility for America's middle class. In doing so, I am joining the praise of the President of the United States and the praise that he heaped upon them earlier today when the bill was filed. I'd like to acknowledge the great work of Chairman Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Chairman Rangel of the Ways and Means Committee, Chairman Miller of the Education and Labor Committee, and to all of their staffs who have worked so hard to make thi
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