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NCL statement on Senate Democrats' elimination of the public option

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Release Date: December 11, 2009
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Washington, DC--In response to recent developments in Congress regarding health care reform, the National Consumers League has released the following statement, which can be attributed to Executive Director Sally Greenberg.

Earlier this week, the Senate Democrats eliminated a public option as part of health reform legislation to expand coverage. This compromise, viewed favorably by House leadership as well, eliminates the choice of a public option as part of an exchange where those who do not currently have coverage could obtain insurance.

NCL is concerned that by removing the choice of a public option, we have removed any opportunity to keep consumer access to insurance coverage honest and fair.  Consumers will continue to face a market without real competition. The public option stood to benefit ALL Americans.

As NCL awaits the Congressional Budget Office’s comments on and the final plans from the Senate, we continue to fight for access to affordable quality care for all. NCL’s 110 year history of fighting for all consumers and workers to have access to basic protections – like health care – demands that we stay the course. We are hopeful that when the two bills meet in conference, policy makers will remember they are working for all citizens, and that all Americans need and deserve better.

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