July 14th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
12 years ago

House Democrats unveil health care reform plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/14/house.health.care/art.capitolsunset.gi.jpg caption=" President Obama has urged Congress to work quickly on creating a health care reform bill."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats announced their version of health care reform Tuesday, offering a proposal that includes a government-funded health insurance option while requiring both individuals and employers to participate and taxing the wealthy to help cover costs.

Democratic House leaders said the measure, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, met President Obama's requirements for health care reform by lowering costs of consumers and businesses, allowing people to keep their current plans and preventing denial of coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.

"The House proposal will begin the process of fixing what's broken about our health care system, reducing costs for all, building on what works and covering an estimated 97 percent of all Americans," Obama said in a statement. "And by emphasizing prevention and wellness, it will also help improve the quality of health care for every American."

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, said the bill was intended to repair a "dysfunctional" health care system that was draining the U.S. economy while leaving 46 million Americans without health insurance.

"We are going to accomplish what many people felt wouldn't happen in our lifetime," Waxman said.

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  1. Rick

    I expect that the republicans will bring forth all sorts of cases of how bad socialized healthcare is but if it's that bad, why is the US the only country, other than Russia and economically devastated nations, that isn't using it. I know why. The American wealthy have been feeding at the cash trough for so long they can't bear to see the monopoly they've had for so long say good-bye.

    As a Canadian, I could never imagine paying what you pay. Its insane to think you could lose your home and go hungry because of a healthcare bill. Even as a Canadian conservative I couldn't imagine it. That just not right no matter how you look at it.

    July 14, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. 60's survivor

    it's a step in the right direction! perhaps not yet refined. but necessary just the same. we need health care reform as much as we need energy reform!! the world is moving on. we must lead and set examples showing progress and compassion!

    July 14, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |